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Urine tested positive for Staph. Vomiting, diarrhea with dehydration. Had elevated WBC. Is it serious?

My urine tested positive for Staph. I was seen for Nausea, Vomiting and Diarrhea with Dehydration. I had an elevated WBC. Should I be concerned? I left the hospital a few days ago and they just called to tell me my urine came back positive for Staph. I have been feeling extremely weak. Does any of this sound like something I need to see the Dr about right away or can I wait.
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Presence of bacteria in urine (Staphylococcus) and a raised WBC count suggests urinary tract infection.
I guess you have had urine examination.
A culture sensitivity of the urine sample can be done.
This test will identify the antibiotic most effective against the bacteria.
Symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can be due to sepsis.
Sepsis can occur secondary to urinary tract infection.
You need to consult your doctor for clinical examination, and prompt management of dehydration.
Fluid replacement has to be instituted for dehydration and antibiotics for the infection.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal

Answered: Sun, 16 Jun 2013
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