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Whats the signs of a systemic infection?

Whats the signs of a systemic infection?

Answer: Fatigue, fever, generalized malaise are the most common ones. In more severe cases, hypotension, rapid heart beats, dehydration. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Differentiate between the signs symptoms of a localized vs systemic infection?

Differentiate between the signs symptoms of a localized vs systemic infection?

Scope of symptoms: A localized infection is an infected hangnail, for example, or a boil. Sometimes, a pneumonia can be a localized infection, as it is only located in one specific place, namely the lung. A systemic infection either can mean an infection that has spread to multiple areas and organs, or it can mean a violent reaction of the body to a localized infection, such as a pneumonia or abcess. ...Read more

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What is a systemic infection?

What is a systemic infection?

Depends: A "systemic infection" can mean either than an infection has affected the whole body and many organ systems, or it can mean that the body is reacting to an infection in a localized place, like a pneumonia, with signs like fever, fast heart rate and fast breathing rate. So, it depends on what "systemic" means. ...Read more

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What is systemic infection from usually?

What is systemic infection from usually?

Any severe infection: Most bacteria cause localized infections unless they are able to break free and overwhelm the body's defenses. Systemic simply means that it can effect all organs and organ systems. Viral infections generally have systemic symptoms (fever, muscle aches), but bacterial and fungal infections can spread systemically as well. ...Read more

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Explain what is meant by systemic infection and localised infection?

Explain what is meant by systemic infection and localised infection?

Spreading infection: Localized infection means in one place usually. For example, an abscess or urinary tract infection. Systemic infection starts out localized but then without treatment or if the immune system is not working properly, it has spread to other places either directly or through the blood stream usually. ...Read more

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Is a systemic infection in a one pound baby treatable?

Is a systemic infection in a one pound baby treatable?

Variable outcomes: A one-pound premature infant is very small and still developing many basic systems. All infections at such a tiny age are very serious, but newborn icus are also very highly specialized in treating these problems. Survival and long-term outcome are hard to predict, but more & more of these babies are surviving and growing up well, so don't lose hope. Baby's md & rn will know specific details- ask! ...Read more

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Can a systemic infection be a cause of pericarditis?

Can a systemic infection be a cause of pericarditis?

Yes: It can... But there are many other causes (drugs, cancer, autoimmune disease), so your physicians should keep thinking of other things if you or your loved ones don't get better. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from a candida systemic infection?

Not an issue for: Self treatment. Candida systemic infection only occurs in a person with serious underlying disorders and is not an issue for self diagnosis or treatment. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to recover from candida systemic infection?

What is the most effective way to recover from candida systemic infection?

Antifungal meds: Systemic candida is usually treated with an antifungal antibiotic - usually IV but sometimes orally administered. Since many of these infection start from indwelling catheters (central or picc lines) these should also be removed if they are present. ...Read more

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Swelling, joint pain, itching from systemic infection, what should I do?

Swelling, joint pain, itching from systemic infection, what should I do?

See your doctor: Please see your doctor immediately. Swelling and joint pain associated with a systemic infection could be signs of a severe inflammatory response. You should see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT ? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?

Can cocaine use cause systemic infection of the ENT ? Could this lead to further infection in the reproductive system?

Yes: Snorting of Cocaine has been reported to cause endocarditits and other distant infections from the nasal area. The Cocaine constricts the blood vessels in the nasal passages and can cause open ulcers that allow bacteria into the blood stream. Once bacteria are in the blood stream then they can travel to any organ in the body.(including the reproductive organs). ...Read more

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Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Toxin release: Many bacteria are capable of creating chemicals that act as toxins, disabling the system the blood vessels have to maintain tone (or the squeeze) within their walls. Once the vessels relax the pressure falls.Doctors have medications that counteract this effect that are called pressors agents. ...Read more

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I have systemic infection this is started after sex with known, is this due to HIV or any other cause? Hiv tests RNA and ab negative.

I have systemic infection this is started after sex with known, is this due to HIV or any other cause? Hiv tests RNA and ab negative.

Can't tell: You need to provide more details on the timing of the testing related to your last sexual contact. If you continue to have these symptoms (for more than 2 weeks) you need to consult your doctor to determine what may be causing them whether HIV or not. ...Read more

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Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Would a positive igg for Candida Albicans mean   systemic infection or that it is an infection somewhere in your body? I have +stool fungal culture.

Not necessarily: I find these studies to be of little value.They are often promoted by alternative health vendors as having value for dozens of chronic conditions. People usually have candida albicans to the point it makes up 5% of the dry weight of stool. Igg is often positive for hundreds of factors for which no problems are present, with the number increasing with age. This includes candida. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a prostate infection and diverticulitis which has perforated my bladder(fistula)is it hard to tell symptoms from PI vs signs of sepsis?

Hello. I have a prostate infection and diverticulitis which has perforated my bladder(fistula)is it hard to tell symptoms from PI vs signs of sepsis?

Be evaluated now...: Sigmoid diverticulitis-related fistula to urinary bladder of course leads to persistent urinary tract infection because of its continual feeding bacteria from colon to bladder. Its clinical pictures could be acute or chronic depending on local anatomical variation and personal immunity. Regardless of whatsoever, seek evaluation now. More? Follow: http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish ...Read more

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Can an infection be cleared and a person still have sepsis?

Can an infection be cleared and a person still have sepsis?

Sepsis: Yes. The trauma that the body undergoes when septic can have serious consequences for normal physiology and be difficult to recover from. ...Read more

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Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

Is the source of infection always found in sepsis?

No: Often the source of infection is not clearly identified and more than 1/3 the time the specific organism/ bug causing the sepsis is never identified. Often treatment/antbiotics fix the problem before source/organism can be clearly identified. ...Read more

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How likely is sepsis with bird flue infection?

How likely is sepsis with bird flue infection?

Not likely: Bird flu is a virus and will not cause sepsis. If there is a superinfection with a bacteria, sepsis might or might not happen. ...Read more

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Can lice cause sepsis infection?

Not directly: However, if the lice infestation is severe enough that the patient lacerates her head it can lead to skin infection (cellulitis) and this can progress to sepsis, shock, and death. Lice themselves, however, don't cause sepsis. ...Read more

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Can the sepsis infection be treated to the point of recovery to excellent health?

Often: Depending on how severe the bodies response was and how much damage was done, many people return to normal lives. Starting physical therapy as soon as it is safe to do so, minimizing exposure to benzodiazapines (ativan, valium) and paralytics, early nutrition by a feeding tube, etc all seem to maximize recovery and minimize harms. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


Systemic (Definition)

A condition that involves the whole body as compared to a part of the body. For example diabetes ...Read more