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What Types Of Blood Tests Will Be Affected By Antibiotics
I got epidydmo orchitis and took antibiotics for almost one month. But pain still there. Blood tests and ultrsound and urinetest are good.?
Still healing?: If the epididymitis was cleared by the antibiotic, the symptoms should have remitted by now. Possibly there is residual cord inflammation leading to persistent pain. You didn't mention if the physical exam was normal or not. Please see your doctor for an actual examination again, or consult a urologist to see what's going on. ...Read more
How long should I wait after stopping antibiotics to do ESR or CRP blood tests? My dr ordered these but want to make sure antibiotics don't alter
ESR CRP: Abiotics will not affect these. What were abiotics given for? That might affect them. ...Read more
I have had bronchitis and several sets of antibiotics & cortisone for 6weeks. Now blood tests show metapneumovirus. What can be done?
Mgt: It really depends on your current symptoms. If you are coughing, wheezing- medications may be used. The antibiotics were probably prescribed for a bacterial illness. ...Read more
Gyno won't give Antibiotics for PID, because blood tests normal and I am pregnant. Says he won't treat blindly without sufficient evidence. Correct?
Yes: Overmedication especially with antibiotics is dangerous. If you feel healthy and your tests are within normal limits, why bother? ...Read more
Took child to two ERs and pediatrician got antibiotics but no blood tests for an unknown cause of 105 fever antibiotics 4 days worsening symptoms?
Thrush almost non stop. Antibiotics for months. Done a while. Swabs show nothing. Blood tests clear. Have cut sugary food and had all meds from doc.?
More work up needed: Not sure what your work up has been. Not sure if diagnosis is correct. Antibiotics are not the treatment for thrush. Antifungals are the proper treatment. If proper diagnosis, evaluation of the function of your immune system is in order, including HIV testing. Scraping of the lesion in mouth put onto microscope and showing what we call hyphae makes the diagnosis. Easy to do in office. ...Read more
Can it be normal to have luekocytes in urine? I've been on 3 lots of antibiotics for UTI & had blood tests, no sign of infection. What could it be?
Other causes need to be explored if you have leukocytes in urine but urine cultures are always negative. This is called sterile pyuria.
Some of the diseases that can cause this are interstitial cystitis, interstitial nephritis etc.
I would recommend getting a urine culture off antibiotics for atleast 2 weeks to determine best course of action. ...Read more
My sister's had a fever for 12 days, even after taking antibiotics. All blood tests and chest x-rays are normal. What's going on?
Fever: If she has had documented fever for 12 days and has been unsuccessfully evaluated by a doctor she has what is termed a fever of undetermined origin. She needs to be seen and assessed carefully by an infectious diseases expert. Antibiotics, by the way, will do nothing for a viral illness. ...Read more
If antibiotics are required for the gut, do blood tests always show there is something wrong? Ruq pain got doctors stumped, waiting for specialist
Nonspecific: Right upper quadrant pain suggests liver or gallbladder problems. Ask about biliary dyskinesia, and having the test called a cck hida scan. It's important to know however that if you have the test, make sure you ask the technologist to tell the radiologist whether or not the cck injection reproduced your symptoms. ...Read more
I got epidydmo orchitis almost one month I went to see doctor several times and did three times ultrosound tests and blood tests and urine tests all these results showed good and the doctor have no idea what to do I took antibiotics for nearly four weeks
See urologist: Common causes of epididymo-orchitis are infections with bacteria, chlamydia and viruses (like mumps virus). Trauma is another cause. Sometimes the underlying infection is in the prostate. Chronic prostatitis can present as testicular pain. These conditions are treated with antibiotics and non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. I suggest you see a urologist at this stage. ...Read more
Have chronic epididymo-orchitis pain. I have taken most antibiotics. Sti urine and blood tests neg. Msu neg. Ultrasound, what else could be causing it?
Physical trauma: It can be caused by the physical trauma of exercise or sexual activity. Are you wearing supportive underwear like a jock strap when exercising. That would help. ...Read more
Is it possible that a severe case of gingivitis can put a infection in the blood my daughter has gingivitis, is taken maybe antibiotics once. In one year she went from a size 15 down to a 2....She is nothing but bones now. All blood tests came back normal
Medical consult: I would not attribute her physical issues to any dental problems. Infections would tend to show up in routine blood tests. I think it would be appropriate to follow up with some medical consults. If you can't get the answers that you seek from your current physician, consider getting some referrals to other medical specialists. There has to be a reason, it's only a matter of discovering it. ...Read more
Swollen thyroid, I had a sonogram showed it is swollen with no nodules. Blood tests normal. I hav taken antibiotic and steroids, what now? Thank you
Follow labs: Hi. If your thyroid labs are normal now, they may stay that way, or they could become abnormal (in either direction). I'd check TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies to see if there's any evidence of thyroid autoimmunity, and follow the TSH & free T4 every couple of months for a few sets, then periodically or based on symptoms thereafter. Any family history of thyroid disease? Good luck! ...Read more
What antibiotic is effective in treating abd infection in 2nd trimester? Flagyl and amoxicillin good choice? What blood tests rule out sepsis?
Depends: On the infection. Metronidazole cannot be used in the first trimester. It would be up to your doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for the infection. A blood culture can rule out sepsis. See your doctor for the abdominal cramping you are having for a diagnosis. Do not self treat with left over antibiotic especially when pregnant. ...Read more
Experiencing prolonged chest congestion. X-Rays, blood tests negative. Antibiotics didn't work. Have been trying Zyrtec at night, together with nasal spray Qnasl (beclomethasone dipropinat) to reduce post-nasal drip. After one week, cough is less persiste
Right direction: Common causes of cough, other than infection are reflux and post-nasal drip. It sounds like the evaluation has looked for the more serious causes, but if the problem persists, continue to work with your doctor. Sometimes a pulmonary doctor can help with more resistant coughing. ...Read more
As soon as 15 days: The CDC recently updated the guidelines for HIV testing with development of "3rd and 4th generation tests". 3rd generation testing can pick up infect very early with RNA testing, but has a high false + rate. 4th generation tests are accurate about 3-4 days later & test for the p24 Viral Ag & Virus Ab. CDC website for testing sites or your local health department which should now use new protocol. ...Read more
Repeat, follow up: Depends on the test. Some have different limits of what can be measured. Make sure you're comparing apples to apples. When in doubt, repeat and follow up. ...Read more
Variety: A variety of cancers can be detected by blood tests. In many cases, the blood test alone is not enough information to confirm the diagnoss; scans or biopsies may be necessary. These are the types of cancer where blood tests are helpful: liver, neuroendocrine, thyroid, colorectal, pancreatic, gastric, and ovarian to name a few. ...Read more
I had blood tests one month ago that were perfect can any type of cancer occur in just one month?
It is possible: It is possible that a leukemia would be undetectable by blood test, and then be demonstrable by the same blood test one month later. The rate of cancer growth can be quite variable between different individuals. Also keep in mind that there are many different types of cancer that cannot be detected by blood tests (one would need imaging, for example). ...Read more
Received results from various blood tests. When I asked if he knew what my blood type was, he said he wasn't allowed to tell me it. Is that true? .
Blood type: Not sure why anyone would withhold your test results for any reason--uk or usa. They are your biz and you have the right to know the results. Advise you intend to obtain them with or without his consent and will take action. ...Read more
Is there any type of blood tests that can be given to detect if someone has some form of cancer growing in their bodies & cure it before its to late?
No: There are a couple of phony labs that offer this, one pair of well-intentioned people who offer a test that I would urge you not to rely on, and there is no substitute for a proper history and physical exam for cost-effective cancer screening. I'm more impressed with breast self-exam and colonoscopy as life-savers than anything else; tumor markers aren't realistic screens. ...Read more
Too broad a question: There are literally thousands of blood tests available. The most common are a CBC and a chem 20. The CBC measures your hemaglobin and hematocrit and blood cell count. The chem 20 is the 20 most common chemistries in the blood, including sodium, chloride, creatinine, triglycerides, cholesterol, etc. ...Read more
Yes: Any dental work releases bacteria into the blood and a blood culture taken after dental work may be positive, even though the body will likely clear the bacteria, on its own. Other tests may be affect a little, depending on if any medications were injected as part of the dental work. ...Read more
Hi, when I consume any type of sugar including fruits I get wounds on my body, they are MRSA type of wounds. Are blood tests available for this?
Need to examine:
What you are describing does not add up. Sugar does not cause MRSA. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
If you get diagnosed with type II diabetes, but then blood tests show you are in normal range, & md says stop meds, what should be done going forward?
Maybe: If you been diagnosed to have dm2 and your hga1c is normal then it could be normal because of the meds. It is hard to make a intelligent answer if the hga1c is not available. If the hga1c is. ...Read more
My blood type is a+ and my anti boddies blood test came back Rh -what does that mean my doc wants monthly blood tests s?
I have a little: Problem with the question. You think you are rh + and the test showed rh-? Why does the doc want to repeat the test? ...Read more
How can my doctor tell if and how my bulimia has affected my body and health at all? I'm terrified of blood tests
Bulimia: Your doctor will take a history and examine you. From that he/she can tell some things. I respect your fear of blood tests which probably means you don't like needles. Please take someone w/you to the doc for support. There is more to fear w/an eating disorder than getting a blood test. You can do it. Peace & good health. ...Read more
Can you know any type of infection and enlargement of prostate by blood tests? If yes. What is that test called?
Find a good doctor f: First you need to find a good doctor. It is on the basis of your history (symptoms and the likely/suspected) diagnosis that we would order the relevant test. Go see your pcp or a urologist. Either one of them can help sort out what to do for you. ...Read more
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