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Can yeast show up in blood culture without a yeast infection?

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Posted on Sat, 14 Jun 2014
Question: Can you have yeast show up on a blood culture without a yeast infection being in your blood stream?
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
It is regarding urine culture and sensitivity test

Detailed Answer:
Hi my dear,

I understand your confusion. I'll try to make it clearer and the simplest as I can:

Now, the doctors have put you on Cipro while taking Coumadin. Studies have reported that Cipro intake can enhance the effects of Coumadin. Usually, they are not combined together. Doctors are advised to use other alternatives (antibiotics based on culture and sensitivity testing) or to closely observe the patients who are already taking it. You can discuss with your doctors about this interaction and to select another alternative.

To my opinion, they have only run urine culture and sensitivity testing and not blood culture testing.

So, in the urine culture, the most sensitive antibiotic is selected to fight your UTI infection. Usually, they culture urine for fungal infection too. If positive, they would prescribe anti-fungal drugs.

Please bare in mind that when antibiotics are used, the normal intestinal flora is damaged. Fungal infection or other opportunistic infection can thrive. If I was your caring doctor would also start:
- anti-fungal drugs
- probiotics to stabilize intestinal flora
- drink more water
- take herbal supplements to fight UTIs although you might be taking antibiotics

Hope it was of help! Let me know if you have further clarifications!
Dr.Albana
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Brief Answer: It is regarding urine culture and sensitivity test Detailed Answer: Hi my dear, I understand your confusion. I'll try to make it clearer and the simplest as I can: Now, the doctors have put you on Cipro while taking Coumadin. Studies have reported that Cipro intake can enhance the effects of Coumadin. Usually, they are not combined together. Doctors are advised to use other alternatives (antibiotics based on culture and sensitivity testing) or to closely observe the patients who are already taking it. You can discuss with your doctors about this interaction and to select another alternative. To my opinion, they have only run urine culture and sensitivity testing and not blood culture testing. So, in the urine culture, the most sensitive antibiotic is selected to fight your UTI infection. Usually, they culture urine for fungal infection too. If positive, they would prescribe anti-fungal drugs. Please bare in mind that when antibiotics are used, the normal intestinal flora is damaged. Fungal infection or other opportunistic infection can thrive. If I was your caring doctor would also start: - anti-fungal drugs - probiotics to stabilize intestinal flora - drink more water - take herbal supplements to fight UTIs although you might be taking antibiotics Hope it was of help! Let me know if you have further clarifications! Dr.Albana