Bacteremia

Bacteremia is a condition where there is the presence of bacteria in the blood. Dental or medical procedures, injection of recreational drugs, vigorous tooth brushing, bacterial infections, etc., can lead to bacteremia. If bacteremia is left unnoticed, it may lead to sepsis or septic shock. Antibiotics are used in the treatment of bacteremia.

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How to manage a decayed tooth presenting with swollen cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I visited my dentist for a decayed tooth and infected gums. The dentist failed to extract the tooth, as Novocaine did not work because of the infection. Now my cheek is swollen and painful. I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The swelling of your cheek is due to infection extending from your tooth and root apex into the underlying bone and the facial surface and has reached the soft tissues (muscle and fat). This infection can spread further to the adjacent areas and cause bacteremia (bacteri...  Read Full »

I had bleach on my arm during blood tests. Will it affect the results?

Query: Hello doctor, I had blood tests done. There was some Clorox cleaner or bleach on my arm. Can this affect the result?  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Whenever blood is drawn for test, the specific area is cleaned and then needle is inserted into vein to draw the blood into a sterile tube. Even if there is bleach in skin after cleaning, the negative pressure to draw blood ...  Read Full »

Is my shortness of breath due to infection of the heart?

Query: Hello doctor, I just went to my general practitioner due to recently having some issues with shortness of breath and an odd sensation in my heart area. I suspected it was nothing but went in anyways just to be sure. The sensation in my heart area is not at all painful, but just a sensation of "fulln...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have carefully reviewed your detailed query. You definitely need an in-person cardiologist consultation for appropriate evaluation of the issues. Only EKG is not conclusive in such a case. We need to listen to the heart and then go for thorough physical exam. Tests...  Read Full »

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