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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney , liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for awhile and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. the ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more

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Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. Can I get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?

Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were introduced through the needle, putting you at risk for a viremia, fungemia or bacteremia which may but probably won't *lead* to symptomatic sepsis & shock. If your immune system is compromised by chemo, transplant/rheum meds, or HIV, tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

Could a urine m/c/s identify a particular infection that two blood cultures may fail to identify in a case of suspected sepsis. Is this very unlikely?

If the source of the: sepsis is the urinary tract (kidneys and bladder primarily), then urine c/s might identify the cause of sepsis and the best antibiotic to treat it. Kidney infection is a common cause of sepsis in certain groups of people. If the source of the infection is elsewhere, then urine c/s won't identify the cause unless the sepsis has spread from the bloodstream to the kidneys. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

My 25 yr. Young niece has a sepsis bactrial infection that got into her blood and shutting down vital organs! 25 yr young sick niece went into icu on feb. 26, 2012 and still in icu! too many things have happened since then vital organs shutting down, f

Hello. : Hello. Her doctors can make a best estimate on this. They would need to take a large variety of things into account. It would not be possible for a physician who is not intimately knowledgable about her case to provide a life expectancy estimation. I am worry to hear about this. Take care. ...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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What antibiotic is effective in treating abd infection in 2nd trimester?Flagyl and amoxicillin good choice?What blood tests rule out sepsis?

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

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Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacteria in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

Is it true that a very low platelet count can be caused by (a) a viral infection and (b) a bacteria in the blood that falls short of sepsis?

Basically no: If your platelet count is low (under 90,000 or so calls for.a workup), the stupidest thing that anyone can possibly do is say "it's probably a virus" or blame a bacterium that isn't cultured and isn't making you sick otherwise. I hope I have not misunderstood. Low platelets is serious, very low levels are often catastrophic, and almost always there's a real illness to find and treat. ...Read more

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Blood is pouring from my vagina and I am not on my period, is this an infection symptom?

Blood is pouring from my vagina and I am not on my period, is this an infection symptom?

Many possibilities: There are many reasons you may bleed when your are not supposed to be on your period. An infection is on the list but not at the top. It could be something simple like missing a few birth-control pills to something more complex such as anovulation. If you are worried, you should see your Gyn. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can you have anti ssdna in your blood a month before you have symptom of a kindey infection ?

More details needed : You need to give more information. Usually however symptoms in the mouth are not associated with UTI symptoms, but get checked for STDs if indicated . ...Read more

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My son of 13 yrs had bad throat infection. Now he's been tasting blood in throat. Main symptom bad ear pain for months. Terrible pressure in ears when bends down. ENT not found any prob with ears few months ago. MRI shows possible chiari malformation, no

My son of 13 yrs had bad throat infection. Now he's been tasting blood in throat. Main symptom bad ear pain for months. Terrible pressure in ears when bends down.  ENT not found any prob with ears few months ago. MRI shows possible chiari malformation, no

Throat/ears: Often throat pain or infection can be referred to his ears. Have him examined and checked for tonsillitis or a throat infection. Sometimes the adenoids in the back of the nasal passages can also be infected and cause ear pain. All the best. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

What are the symptoms of an infection in the blood?

Germs in blood: Once a germ gets into the blood, symptoms depend primarily on the type of germ. Viruses have blood phases & typically produce fever spikes & muscle aches, sensitivity to light etc. Bacteria will do this & add blood pressure instability, prolonged fever or low body temperature, fatigue & prostration. Fungal germs or yeast trigger responses like bacteria.Viruses & bacteria can trigger a rash. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood?

What are symptoms of e.Coli infections of the blood?

Diarrhea, cramps.: Severe, acute hemorrhagic diarrhea and abdominal cramps are the main symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present, and the illness resolves in five to 10 days. It can also be asymptomatic. Fluid replacement and blood pressure support may be needed to prevent death from dehydration. Treatment with may cause kidney complications. Hemolytic-uremic syndrome is a life-threatening condition. ...Read more

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Respected sirs what is blood infection?..how it happens and symptoms

Respected sirs what is blood infection?..how it happens and symptoms

Complicated issue: Blood infection is the lay term for sepsis. The clinical picture of sepsis is a combination of infection, tissue destruction, release of mediators by the body and co-existing diseases. You may consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sepsis/basics/definition/CON-20031900 ...Read more