Blood culture

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A blood culture is a test to determine if there is bacterial growth in the bloodstream.

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Sir, fever of typhoid comes from last 15days medicines course aldy completed, but he is feel sickness, the above fever comes 3 times within a year..his widal test as under. Story 1:160,sth:1:80,span 20,spbh 20, used tab,zanocin200,solo 650,ink ceftriaxone IP,ofloxacin tab200. Dolo650 .PSE suggest me.
Age 16, weight 51 kg.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
do a blood culture and antibiotic sensitivity for drug that works

Detailed Answer:
Hi welcome to health care magic, Is this the latest Widal? What were the previous titres like?
I think the best option is to do a blood culture and antibiotic sensitivity for drug that works.
Also in...

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Hi I have a bacterial lung infection last couple of months that responded initially very well to amoxicillin but the dose was too low n bacteria became resistant wasn't killed off fully n now no antibiotics are working on it. Iv refrained from smoking extremely light social smoker but very bad 4 me my throat tissues burned badly last time I binged per say on cigs maybe 3 packs over one month way more than normal. Anyway iv underlying muscle n blood weakness which leaves me sensitive to smoking. Anyway iv managed not to smoke since infection only last week iv had 3. On Fri I had last one but my throat later inflamed so I knew this was a bad idea and stopped. Just this morning Sunday I woke up feeling unwell sore throat nausea stuffy nose headache weak I'll not another virus oh no. So I stayed in bed all day.

***At around 6/7 i go to make some food in kitchen made it all n then suddenly out of nowhere I got extremely dizzy and sweaty n felt I was gonna faint everything started spinning or getting weaker I put my plates down n went into chair b4 I collapsed. When I lay down I could hear like a small waterfall in my head like blood was draining in or out I dunno which of my brain. I was also breathing rapidly from left lung infection site. I lay there weak dizzy n sweaty till the waterfall stopped n got up approx 3/4 mins since lying down n was covered in cold sweat but dizziness subsided. Why would this be?***

The breathing in my left lung has gotten worse like very mild deoxygenation like my lung can't such enough oxygen. So this last cig I had must have weakened body n offset these symptoms. What should I do? Is it serious I'm more worried about work on Tuesday morning don't want to be fainting in work. Feeling rather unwell like can't get out of bed. Iv an upcoming respiratory app on Thursday morning coz of this ongoing lung bacteria than has become resistant to the antibiotics. It's really a big problem and not easy to get rid of. Should I push through till then or was this dizzy spell trying to tell me something. I was trying to think I only drank 2 glasses of water b4 this maybe I was dehydrated? I'm drinking more water now but still feel bad.

I was given a z pak by my doc a few weeks ago but never took as its exact same as clarithromycin which didn't work plus I'd to take potassium and magnesium as my levels went low with all previous antibiotics so it was dangerous to take another depleter of those. Can you imagine all this from a simple infection easily treatable but coz was given 250mgs of amoxicillin instead of 500mgs it didn't kill it n it regrew resistant!!!

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Get a blood culture and appropriate antibiotic course.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX yes sometimes things get messed up. Best option now is---
Get a blood culture and appropriate antibiotic course.
Stop smoking--try nicotine patches --Bupripion--anything. Smoking in your case is bad....

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On 27 September 2017 my son developed high grade fever(103f).As it was not subsiding with Dolo 650 mg and sponging,he was hospitalised. There he was treated with monocef 1gm BD.and PCM 1gm SOS for 8 days.All his reports were normal, including typhidot. Nothing was detected. Now on 28 October 2017 he again developed high grade fever with same symptoms as that of previous fever. Now he is again admitted and his widal is now positive . In his CT is show that he has swelling in his intestine. He is now being treated for that.His fever has subsided on 3 rd day but medication is still on. Please inform us why typhoid was not detected last time and how we can be sure that this is correct diagnosis. Please also enlighten us how we will make sure that treatment is complete and repeating of fever will not be there. Please advise

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
The gold standard dignostic test for typhoid is blood culture

Detailed Answer:
Hi... I understand your concern.

1. The gold standard diagnostic test for Typhoid is not Widal or Typhidot. It is blood culture. I would like to know if blood culture was done in both the instances.

2....

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My baby of 3.7 years, weight 14.5 kg is having low grade fever for last one month. Blood report once showed high CRP and switch 50 antibiotics was given for 5 days 2 5ml twice. He was again given brutasafe antibiotics. The fever stopped temporarily but again started. on 17-10-2016 blood and urine was examined and blood test revealed (i) TYPHI ELISA ImG 0.574 (ii) CBC 20571 Cell/Cumm. Urine examination culture and sensitivity revealed 70000 cfu/mL of Klebsiella pneumoniae (Reports Attache) with resistance to several drugs. Doctors say the baby is suffering from typhiod and urine infection. My baby was already vaccinated from typhiod in time. I would like to know the possibility of typhiod even after vaccination. How serious is typhiod and urine infection that my baby is suffering. Shall we go for some further test like widal test before starting medication. Please suggest test if any to be sure of infection. Whether antibiotics is the only option or we can use other medicie also particularly as the baby had already been given two course of antibiotics in last one month. How serious is the resistance shown to several drugs in the urine culture and sensitivity report and its future ramification. What is the normal temperature range for a 4 year old child.Today his temperature cam down and has been in the range of 96 to 98 degrees. Though the doctors have suggested Zenocin syrup 6 ml twice for 10 days we have not yet started the medicine.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
I need more information before suggesting you further

Detailed Answer:
Hi... I have gone through the case details of your son and also the investigation reports which you have uploaded.

Please answer the following questions -

1. You have mentioned one month of fever... I would like...

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(1) It is unusual for an elderly male who has been in a hospital for a month to have a UTI for a week or more without having the usual symptoms of a UTI (e.g. painful sensation when urinating, increased urge to urinate or fever)? (2) Can BOTH a blood culture and a urine M/C/S indentify a pathogen that has entered the BLOODSTREAM?

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Brief Answer:
only the blood culture would check the blood stream

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

(1)asymptomatic (no symptoms present) bacteriuria can occur, this means the presence of a large number of bacteria in the urine with no symptoms present.

Since fever is part of...

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Hi,
We are going through very awkward situation. My 2.1 years old daughter has been suffering from fever on and off since last Monday night i.e. 22nd May. Initially she had bit of loose motion also along with fever. We controlled fever and loose motion using Meftal P, ORS and Zifi 50 mg/5ml. Loose motion has been controlled but fever continued till yesterday. It was 6th day of fever which was most of the time around 99.5 raising till 102.5. So we visited our pediatrician considering if this is a viral fever then must have gone by now. Though baby is eating and active when not in high fever.

Pediatrician asked us to carry out CBC, Typhoid, Malaria, NS1 Antigen, CRP and Blood Culture tests. Report is attached. In report HB is unexpectedly very low. To investigate it further my pedia asked to carry out few more tests like Iron Serum, RETICULOCYTE COUNT, PERIPHERAL SMEAR EXAM, TOTAL IRON BINDING CAPACITY, FERRITIN SERUM, 25HYDROXY, VITAMIN D and HEMOGLOBIN VARIANT ANALYSIS. Reports for Blood Culture and HEMOGLOBIN VARIANT ANALYSIS is pending, rest are uploaded here with my question. We have also done urine routine test which is normal. Unable to attach the report because of restriction on website.

From the report I can understand there is something related to iron deficiency. Probably my pediatric is going to explain me more. Meanwhile I expect observation from Healthcaremagic also. I would like to know following:
1. These deficiencies or abnormal values in uploaded reported are just because of improper diet or they might be like this in body since long and there might be other causes as well.
2. Are these values get tweaked due to any viral infection which can happen all of sudden or we are lucky to know these abnormalities while investigating cause of fever which started last Monday.
3. If this is possible that fever started because of these deficiencies or abnormality in iron or HB.
4. What shall be further course of treatment or investigation.
5. Why CRP is abnormally high in the report. Can it be related to stomach infections as light loose motions were there in initial couple of days.

Baby is a girl and weighs around 12 KG age 2 years. In present Pediatrician has asked to provide Taxim O Forte antibiotic syrup 5ml twice to baby and we are waiting for two pending reports.

P.S. Of course I am in touch with my pediatrician. However, any observation / suggestion based on the reports uploaded are most welcome.

Regards XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Questions answered one by one.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. Let me try to address the issues one by one.

1. The iron deficiency should be directly linked with diet although causes like...

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Hi my daughter is 25 days old. Admitted to hospital due to de hydration. CRP count at admission was 37. Now her de hydration is in control but CRP count reached 114. Doc suggested TAXIM250. Pls suggest if the treatment is in right direction. Thanks

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Continue Taxim 250

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thanks for choosing this platform

Newborns are susceptible to bacterial infection.Raised CRP which indicates bacterial infection should be treated with antibiotics.I would also like to get a blood culture done to find out the causative...

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what is the meaning of this report as attached.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Its normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for query.

There is no bacteria in blood culture. The report shows every thing is normal.
R u having any fever, abd pain etc...

Get back to me if any query.

Regards,
Dr...

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I have been taking supplements to help me sleep but don't know the side effects and what to do. I am taking Qvar for asthma, Fioricet for headaches, Mirapex (as needed) for restless leg; Lotemax 0.5% opthamolic suspension eye drops in both eyes (recently had two corneal transplants, one in February, the second 8/16. Since the corneal transplant on 8/16, I've been running low grade fevers during the day, around 99.2. I'm fine in the morning but as the day goes on late afternoon I can feel my body get warm and my temp raises. I've had blood work which shows no infection, blood cultures that show nothin, Lyme and SED rates that are normal. Could one of my supplements be causing this raise in temp. What are side effects of 5-HTP and can it lower or raise blood sugar; what are side effects of Ashwaganda; and Gamma Amino Butyric Acid. I also have been takin 1-1/2 mg of klonopin and my doctor changed that over to 1-1/2 mg of Ativan. I have had great difficulty sleeping (for years) and need supplements and a benzo to sleep. Can you help me?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Ativan is a possible cause of the fever

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma'am,
I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns.

Since you are not experiencing any associated symptoms with the low grade fever and since your blood works were normal then it is most probably a...

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My name is XXXXX... and I wish to ask you a question about my son.. he is 3 years old and on 26 Sep he got fever and then I went to doctor and he prescribed cefixime 100 mg bd.. and my son got well with in 3 days... but yesterday night again he got 102 fever and I gave him paracetamol.. and in the morning doctor suggested us cbc. Malaria and urine rm test... coz he got some urine infections in past months.. I cannot understand all things. But after Seeing reports I know he has no malaria and he has no urine infection.. but I am not able to understand blood report.. that is why I am asking you..

What problem does my son have?

Coz his hb is little bit low.. but I think tlc is too low. It should be 5000- 15000 but it is 3900 cmm.. I am worried about my son.. and I do not know why he gets ill again and again... and plz tell me how to increase tlc... I will show this report to my doctor tomorrow in the morning.. but before that I can't wait.. so I want second opinion from you.. and I wish to tell you that he prescribed my son ofloxacin 100 mg syrup 4 ml bd . Before seeing report... so plz answer my questions and help me out.. 3900 TLC is too dangerous or it will be ok by antibiotics...

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No need to worry

Detailed Answer:
Hi
I have gone through your question and the reports. Do not worry. The most likely reason as per symptoms and reports seems to be typhoid. It can be easily managed with proper course of antibiotics.

At present, I would recommend you to go for his...

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my mother has stage 3/4 heartfailure, she is 54 years old. in the past few months her crp levels are very high 60plus but the docs say they dont want to treat it until they know the infection site they have done many ct and mri scans aswell as blood cultures but they havent found teh site. just recently they done a toe aswell but still cant find the infection site. by the way the blood cultures come back negative.
now my mothers spleen has enlarged. what is going on and why dont the doctors just administer antibiotic even if they dont know the infection site

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