Infectious Diseases :: Is Sepsis Contagious?

Feb 23, 2015

Hi I just had a friend pass away from what they believe was Sepsis. But they aren't sure just yet. His organs and fluids came back great. There doing blood tests and we won't know exactly what it was until mid March. I was just wondering if his family and friends should be concerned about getting it?

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Infectious Diseases :: Flu Symptoms After A Cat Bite

So last friday night, my cat bit me on my lower leg. I washed it coz my mom got mad at me with water and soap. Yesterday I feel fatigued (probably due to my brother's birthday and I cooked half the day ugh) and just this morning when I woke up my throat feels itchy and I have had chills. I don't have fever but feels like about to have a flu. I had myself vaccinated after waking up but still feels chilly. Is it rabies? My cat looks well anyway so I don't think she has rabies but I want to be sure. Everyone in my family has had flu last week so I'm not really sure.

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Infectious Diseases :: Tick Borne Encephalitis

I got back from a 2 month trip across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa about 6 weeks ago. A few days after I got home I felt quite unwell, fever, headache etc and I was concerned I may have contracted malaria as I wasn't brilliant at remembering to take my pills. So I got referred to infectious disease department who tested me for lots of travel related illnesses. I was negative for malaria but came back positive for tick borne encephalitis and also Rickettsia (related to African tick fever) I think.

I am actually feeling fine now but they called me in for the results ... I'm just a little confused as from what I've seen on travel health websites is that you can't get tick borne encephalitis in africa! I didn't know this at the time so I didn't say anything to the doctor. You get it in Asia and Europe..I did go to Asia about a year and a half ago but would it be possible for this to still show up in my blood?

I'm just a bit worried as I know this disease can be potentially deadly or cause lasting neurological problems and there's no treatment. I'd feel a bit better knowing I definitely caught it from the earlier trip to Asia as then I know it would have made me much sicker by now if it was going to.

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Infectious Diseases :: Enlarged Lymph Node, Narcolepsy And Hypothyroidism

I am a 29 year old female. Around 19 years ago, I had slipped capital femoral. Around 6 months ago, the same pain started to occur. I went for a dye injected MRI and the results were inconclusive due to the pins interfering with the magnets. The pain has gone away for the most part with a few outbreaks but about two weeks after the injection, I found a pea-sized hard  movable lump in my groin, painless unless manipulated a lot . I spoke to my general practitioner about it going on 6 months ago, and he said keep an eye on it but confirmed it was a swollen lymph node. I am scared to go back but the lump has stayed consistent, possibly enlarged. Should I be worried? I have had insomnia and I have narcolepsy, so it's very rare for me. I am always tired, but again have narcolepsy and hypothyroidism .

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Infectious Diseases :: BUMPS/BLISTERS On Bikini Area Tingling YEAST STD?

i had unprotected sex on SUNDAY sept 1(pull out), plus oral and protected a week or two before that.

***note: it happened on burning man, with no shower, little water, a lot of sun, and i knew this guy was drinking a lot and taking drugs and not sleeping for a week. it was the end of the day 2 for me and i took a small amount of MDMA that day.]

5-7 days later i was feeling tenderness and a little tingling burning pain, but thought it was my period, which was unusually heavy as i`m on birth control.

MONDAY sept 9 i knew something was wrong. the tingling got worse and i went to some doctor i knew for blood test and he also gave me DOXYCYCLINE (he s not a gynecologist) i also asked for ACYCLOVIR in case have herpes. i started taking them at 4pm

TUESDAY morning i threw up with yellow stuff and had a lot of green/yellow/brown watery then cottage cheese discharge, which became yellow watery and by the end of the day pink. pain got worse

WEDNESDAY morning i went to free clinic, where they told me most likely it CHLAMYDIA or GONORREA, told me to continue doxy and gave me shot for gonorrea

THURSDAY i noticed the discharge got water and thicker, pain was still there. in the afternoon after a long flight and traveling i noticed red single BUMPS on my skin in my bikini area, between ******* and vagina and above the clitoris, some of the hurt, some itch, not considerably. 7 in total, plus one on the labia, just not sure if that`s a bump. the next day 2 of them had water inside. i immediately texted my friend i knew he has herpes and he said it looked like it 99% and we now can be in relationship ha! i wasn't sleeping all night, googling and googling, pain seemed to increase and the bumps itched a little bit.

FRIDAY i went to my gynecologist and he said it`s not herpes(the culture text will be ready in 10 days), not even STD, but YEAST. He said you are not supposed to be treated without knowing the reason and doxycycline is old and not supposed to be taken for a week but for 2 days. also the std test will show only in 2 weeks after the exposure.

stopped taking meds and taking xre of my yeast now, hoping for the best. and i got my lesson!!

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Anxiety And Sepsis - Symptoms Are EXACTLY The Same

So I screwed up again and googled something. This time it was Sepsis. The symptoms are EXACTLY the same as anxiety, minus me getting fevers or chills. Why must anxiety share symptoms with life threatening diseases? But anyway yes it's a terrible blood infection that causes organs to fail! I've been getting weird pains in my sides and stuff accompanied by still annoying shortness of breath. Not to mention these sharp, pricking sensations in parts of my body. I'm an absolute wreck.... CJD, Cancer.....SEPSIS? I need to stop googling, but when I'm reassured, something else bad comes out of the blue.

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Hallucinations In ICU After Sepsis And Pneumonia

A couple of years ago, I went into hospital for a routine operation on my tongue.  After the procedure my tongue was very swollen, so they decided to put me back to sleep until the swelling went down.  Unfortunately I then contracted sepsis and pneumonia, was on life support for a week or so.  It took me a long time to recover physically and mentally from this experience.  I had the most horrendous hallucinations whilst in ICU.  I felt like I had been buried alive, embalmed, some of the nurses were from hell and some were from heaven and they were both trying to take me.  Even though this was a long time ago now, I still remember it like it was yesterday.   Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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Pityriasis Rosea Is Contagious?

I have been battling PR for 13 days now and have been having a terrible time (like most of us!).  I am one of the lucky ones that has been experiencing severe itching and burning with no relief.  Today my husband called me in a panic because he woke up with a similar looking rash that is itchy on his forearm.  I was under the notion that PR was not contagious.  Has anyone had experience with this?  I haven't seen him today yet and haven't gotten a look at the rash myself or looked the rest of him over, but now I am in a panic.

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Shingles :: Contagious - How It Spread?

I am a care worker and I have been asked to look after a lady with shingles. I have had chickenpox as a child. But my concern is for my daughter in law who is pregnant and her six month old baby who live with me. Could they get infected if I have  to look after this lady. Could I pass on the virus.

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Pain After Septic Shock (sepsis)

I am 48 years old, female. Recently, I suffered from septic shock, was hospitalised for 8 days, 3 days in ICU. I experienced significant muscle wastage whilst in ICU and began walking around as soon as I was able to, increasing distances a little each day. Since discharge from hospital 2 weeks ago, my activity level has increased but I am experiencing severe muscle pain and weakness. The muscles in my thighs, upper arms and foot arches are the worst. Any activity seems to make it worse, it feels like my muscles are on fire. Is this normal? I was fit and very active prior to this illness.

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Hyperbaric Treatment For Prostatitis And Sepsis?

Having had Sepsis 18 months ago and not rid of infections, I now have Prostatitis with bacterial infections of the Prostate. Antibiotics do not seem to be working and i have been reading about Hyperbaric treatment to get at deep sourced infection and clean the blood.

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Penis :: Are Fordyce Spots Contagious?

Can anyone who's been in a relationship tell me whether or not they think they developed fordyce spots (on their genitals or lips) shortly after having contact with another person who has it, or who had it before the relationship and the person they're with developed it after the relationship began.  I know doctors say its not contagious/infectious but I want to try and make absolutely sure before I get into a relationship, especially after reading a post by a person who noticed the spots shortly after dating someone who had them.

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Genital Herpes Simplex :: Inner Labia Is Contagious As Well?

Ok so i'm wondering if u can spread the virus if 1. U feel u are in between shedding and a outbreak. When i shed it feels tingly. Then i will have a day or so with absolutely no symptoms then Bam... a outbreak and 2. If u have a outbreak on your outer labia does that mean ur inner labia is contagious as well? Is viral shedding only active at the specific place where the outbreak is? Or is everything contagious?

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Yeast Infection :: Contagious Or Is It Rare That It Can Be Passed On?

Okay, so today I went to the doctors and found out I have a yeast infection.
The problem is I had no idea that I had one and I have a boyfriend who I'm intimate with. I heard it's possible guys can get oral thrush from oral sex, it was only once, but is it really contagious or is it rare that it can be passed on?

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Hernia :: Sepsis 2 Times In 3 Months, 1 Year Post Op

Is there any research or sites about mesh infections/rejection? I had a ventral repair April 16, 2015 with parietex mesh after a strangulated hernia and had to have a revision 1/11/2016 after the fat and tissue strangulated again. I have not felt well since the first surgery and was basically told I was crazy feeling like I was having recurrent hernias. Post op time 1 I dehisced and ended up with 2 I&Ds and septic. Still have not felt well. 8 weeks after completing antibiotics I got sick again (I have had abdominal pain still, every day- worse after eating). I am inpatient now after a second incidence of sepsis. Lactic acid 3.9, WBC 13100, oxygen sats in 80's and hr 130's on admission. I have no health issues before this and am tired of being sick. The medical team has spent all their time trying to find a new source (day 6 today). All because the CT is negative. I need some help, directions, feedback... Has anyone ever had mesh or intestinal issues like this without a positive CT? I have not had normal GI function in a year...

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Infectious Disease :: Worms In My Pores

This should be a title to a horror movie, not the title of a post,in another attempt to gain some insight to what is inhabiting the largest organ of my body.

Am I really delusional? the dermatologist diagnosed me as being a cracked egg,I'm a victim of domestic violence and therefore,my brain has made up an imaginary situation, to take me away from the emotional trauma...he says I may also be psychotic, I've mutilated my skin,picked and scraped away at myself,simply because I'm convinced that I am unworthy of my vulnerable protection,my defenseless,pink skin...NO.


That man....he scared me more than any violence, domestic or random! I'm looking to find a slight insight,other than Demodex,scabies,botfly,or the largest bodied Demodex...the one that causes mange in dogs. They're very small but damn it...they're very visible! I thought I had pinpointed where they hail from predominantly... I was wrong. I researched myself...tried different creams...permethrin, high dose cortisone,tea tree...still popping out of the open pores,sometimes sebum sometimes alone. Thread like but also grain of rice like,can't see them move,think they may be in my mouth as well. When I haven't slept for 24 hours( I work a lot) they bite(?) And it feels like I walked through fiberglass,then they come out! Yep,uninvited terrorists and I'm the host. What is this?

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Spontaneous Spleen Rupture In Infectious Mononucleosis

Spontaneous splenic rupture in infectious mononucleosis. How will his body fight the infection without his spleen.

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Infectious Disease :: Pinworms, Hookworms Or Threadworms?

This weekend I discovered some worms in my stool which is a first as with my current problems I have been quite observant of my body over the months. I'm planning to go doctors this week when I can call up Monday.

I've been to the doctors a couple of times over the past few months with problems, which I can obviously point to my new discovery, however I was diagnosed with the usual stress etc. after my blood deficiency tests a month back came back normal. I still knew something was wrong because of the patterns. Before this discovery I was pin-pointing it food allergies / sensitivities as my symptoms seemed to peak after meals.

It started with a fever back at the start of February. The next week I was getting chronic nausea and headaches (seemed to be shortly after eating). I went to the doctors and reassured I was fine. I was getting a lot of small muscle twitching, nerve pain, general fatigue, especially after meals and anxiety. I cut gluten from my diet and noticed my symptoms seemed to drop by 90%, although my whole diet changed so it could of included over things. After that point I've been sensitive to some foods e.g. after having a banana or orange juice I will itch and have felt a lump in the back of my throat which I assume could of been contributing to my symptoms. The banana gave me noticeable chest pains, maybe cause bananas are a known laxative and I was annoying the worms!

I will also mention I have a few cats and sometimes interact with dogs. I can eat rare steak quite occasionally. I'm in the UK as well and haven't traveled for a while, last was Sri Lanka December 2014.

What worms do the <attached photo> look like? Sorry for the grossness. I figured pin worms or hook worms from what I read but I guess the symptoms are a big clue. I will have to get a stool sample I assume, but obviously want to be on the biotics as soon as possible so I can return to normal as the last couple of months have really impacted me.

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Infectious Disease :: Worm Infestation In My Face

I have a worm infestation in my face.  They travel around under the skin leaving tracks and bursting holes into my skin.  they create glass like balls that split the skin open and move around my skin with ease. 

I first reported it 3 months ago and the doctors totally ignored me treating me for a secondary infection that was caused by open wounds in my face.  They have given me 4 courses of antibiotics treating the wrong infect but totally ignored what I was telling them about the worms. 

The worms whatever they are are very sharp and wherever they travel through in my face the skin collapses, leaving it like plasticine and it causes tiny splinters that are as sharp as anything that embed themselves in the inside and outside of my skin right down to the lowest skin level. My skin is also producing a clear sticky substance which feels like little shards of glass if I touch it.  All in all, it really couldn't be much worse except for the fact they have made a hole around my mouth which they can look out of.  I am totally sane!

I am in pieces.  I've been telling the doctors what it is and they have totally ignored me.  Even refusing to refer after an A & E i visited confirmed I needed to be referred as the lesions had been on my face for so long.   

I discovered I had private medical care through my company which now thank god means I've seen my first dermatologist.  He's referred me to another dermatologist that apparently knows more about things in the skin who I'm yet to see.  Even though he's now put me in the right direction, I'm not convinced he was sure it is worms.  I can pull 1/2 inch worms out of my skin bit by bit.  They look like thread worms and never come out intact, you pull little bits off of them.  It leaves worm shape dents in my face and they feel like little match sticks under the skin.  Nobody is taking me seriously as people don't really get worms in the face. 

They have totally destroyed me skin and I have bad scarring.  I have never had acne and had no scarring.   This has all been caused in the last 3 months.  I dread to think how many are alive in there now they've been left so long.

Has anyone ever heard of anything like this?

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Hemochromatosis :: Toxoplasmosis Is An Emerging Infectious Disease ...

CDC states in Literature Physicians do not have enough education in regards to Hemochromatosis 

Toxoplasmosis is an emerging infectious disease that may not be as rare as they think it can come from cats other mammals fleas cockroaches rare meat affects the muscles liver heart brain throat can cause birth defects jaundice premature birth stillbirth miscarriage cerebral palsy or defects later in life blindness deafness is linked to Schizo/bi-polarism more.

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Infectious Mononucleosis :: Recurring Glandular Fever

Living with Recurring Glandular Fever

Many people who catch glandular fever (Epstein-Barr virus) recover completely, but for a significant minority, like me, the virus hides from the immune system. I believe that this ability was discovered in the late 1960s. I heard of it in a BBC science programme in the early 70s, and immediately recognised my situation.

I caught glandular fever (without complications) in spring 1967 when I was a youth. Those who are affected by recurring symptoms, will recognise my case, where the symptoms receded imperceptibly slowly. It took about 9 months from being infected before I felt more or less normal again - for a while.

I pass on my experience of coping with this condition. There is bad news and good news.

The bad news is that the symptoms recur throughout life - that is for those who have difficulty clearing the original infection. A cure might emerge, but I am assuming that this will not happen. The good news is that, in time, the symptoms become gradually less of a problem.

The bad news is that one needs to adapt one's lifestyle in order to deal with this. The good news is that one can live a normal life. There are many with other lifelong conditions, who are far worse off.

Any virus illness (cold, 'flu) will trigger the symptoms. Something as common as catching a cold runs as follows. One feels unwell (exhausted), with no symptoms. About 2 days later, the cold symptoms start, accompanied with swelling of the glands in the throat and/or cheeks. The swelling is not very noticeable to others. One has a slightly raised temperature, and feels quite ill. After 4 to 10 days, the cold symptoms and swelling subside, but the feeling of exhaustion remains. This can last 4 to 6 weeks, or 6 months after a bout of 'flu.

How can you cope? There are a number of measures.

1) Smoking exacerbates the symptoms. If you are a smoker, you will be one of those who find stopping smoking relatively easy. You will soon learn to avoid smoke-filled places.

2) Should the symptoms start, treat as for a cold, or 'flu. You will feel exhausted, and a good thing to do is to get a lot of sleep.

3) It is worth getting a 'flu vaccination, if you can.

4) Exercise - you won't feel like exercise, and it is wise to rest while the cold symptoms are there. Once they are gone, and the feeling of exhaustion remains, that is the time to resume vigorous exercise. I think it might be the raised body temperature which helps to fight off the symptoms. In the case where you go to the gym, you will have to force yourself against the feeling of exhaustion for the first time, and even the second time, but by the third time, you realise that you are much fitter. The exhaustion will go. Regular exercise helps ward off the problems, and the fitter you are, the better you will manage.

5) Avoid catching colds. You will find that you have become especially susceptible to colds. There are many things involved here, from a good, varied diet, a daily multivitamin/mineral tablet (don't overdose), cough sweets in the bus/train etc.

The best advice, and perhaps the most difficult and lifestyle threatening, is to follow what (great) grandmother told you, "Wrap up warm!" Think how she would say, "Put on your sweater/scarf/hat/woolly socks before you go out!" You think. "It is not cold outside". You know it isn't "Cool", and you don't want your friends to laugh at you.

If the summer weather is really hot, you can get away with fashionable wear. Otherwise, the bad news is that keeping warm maybe "uncool" but if you ignore this, you will suffer. Ideally, you should keep on the verge of perspiring, and if the surrounding air is fresh and cool, that is the ideal. Avoid stuffy environments. Avoid becoming too hot, sweaty and wet, and then getting chilled. However, if you can arrange to change into dry clothes and not become chilled (as when you go to the gym), all well and good!

I found these lifestyle adaptations very unwelcome. You will have to find your own way to cope. Thinking of these matters will help, and you can lead a normal life, with bouts of extreme exhaustion from time to time. Take comfort in that these will become less severe, and maybe less frequent as the years pass. Otherwise, you are quite normal. You can achieve what you are capable of intellectually, and physically. Face up to the occasional difficulties, and be determined to succeed with your life. Epstein-Barr will not prevent you.

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