Can my cancer treatment increase my risk for bacterial infections?

Yes. Cancer treatment can lower white counts and therefore the immune response to bacteria. Bacteria is everywhere and ready to penetrate our natural barriers and with a weakened immune system the risk increases. Also with radiation the natural barrier of the mucosa, skin and the local immune cells in places like our intestines are all effected. This is why with get blood regularly for testing.
Perhaps. Many treatments for cancer (various chemotherapy agents, some radiation treatments, etc.) have side effects of weakening the body's immune system by lowering the number of white blood cells that are present. These cells are needed to help fight off various bacterial infections, so if a treatment makes you "neutropenic" then you are at greater risk of developing a serious bacterial infection.

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Bv treatment what would you use for a bacterial infection?

Bacterial . Bacterial vaginosis otherwise known as BV can be treated with a few different medications. They are as follows: metronidazole (flagyl) oral pills or vaginal cream clindamycin oral pills or vaginal cream (cleocin) tinidazole (tindamax) oral pills all of the above need to be prescribed by a medical provider. You should have an exam and testing done to make sure of the diagnosis, and then you can discuss the treatment options with your provider. Good luck. Read more...
See below. I would recommend the standard treatment of oral or vaginal flagyl. Intravaginal boric acid 600 mg at bed time provides symptomatic relief. The frequency can be gradually decreased to once or twice a week. You could try a probiotic preparation such as vsl #3 with 110 billion colonies of probiotic bacteria per capsule, but this therapy is unproven. Read more...

How can treatment for a bacterial infection differ from treatment for a virus?

... Depends on the bacteria and the virus in question. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections. Some viral infections have specific treatment (i.e. The flu, hiv, etc.) while other viruses do not have specific therapy. Read more...
See below. Viral infections are usually self limited and are only treated symptomatically. Some like herpes simplex and varicella-zoster are treated with anti-viral drugs like acyclovir. Bacterial infections often require antibacterial antibiotic treatment. Read more...

Which type of treatment can I use to clean a bacterial infection or STDs?

Antibiotics. ...If you are lucky, the stds you are referring to are susceptible to antibacterial treatment. Hepatitis / herpes / HIV are viral and never fully resolve. See dr / gyn / std clinic for examination, diagnosis and treatment. Read more...

I just had my pap smear and the result says that I have bacterial infection called coccobacilli. What treatment should I use?

Treatment. It is not in healthtap's tradition to give specific treatment advice. Why isn't the person who did the pap treating you? The doctor will be able to easily explain why or why not they are or are not treating you. Read more...

Can bacterial infections cause cancer?

Not directly. Several pathogenic bacteria known to establish persistent infections, can promote or initiate abnormal cell growth by evading the immune system and creating an environment that can result in cancer (chronic inflammation and production of carcinogenic bacterial metabolites). Helicobacter pylori is a species of bacteria that causes ulcers. If left untreated, this can lead to stomach cancer. Read more...

I have breast cancer, is it more likely that a bacterial infection become septic?

No. There is nothing unique about breast cancer that would make you more prone to sepsis. Hoiwever, chemotherapy does temporarily affect your response to infection; if you are receiving chemotherapy at present, the answer would be "yes". Read more...
Chemo? yes. If you are currently undergoing chemotherapy, this is a possibility. Chemo kills cancer cells but also weakens the immune system, which protects us from germs and bacterial infections. Be sure to keep track of your surroundings take take precautions to not expose yourself to others that are sick. Read more...