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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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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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