Diagnosis Of Bacterial Infections
- Q How common is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus?
The bacteria that causes all staph infections is rather common. About one-third of the population carries the bacteria around on their skin or noses all the time. Not everyone who carries the bacteria is affected by it or experiences symptoms,... Full Answer
- Q How is typhus diagnosed?
Blood tests for typhus are uncommon. It often takes a long time to get results, so most doctors diagnose typhus based on the patient's symptoms and whether he or she might have been exposed. The bacteria that cause typhus (Rickettsiae) are spread... Full Answer
- Q How is dysentery diagnosed?
Dysentery is often diagnosed through the presence of severe diarrhea, bloody stool, intestinal pain and fever. Another contributing factor is the patient's history and the likelihood of the person having been exposed to the bacteria that most... Full Answer
- Q What is elevated anti-streptococcal antibody titer?
Dr. Lynne Kenney, PsychologyAn elevated anti-strep titer (such as ASO or AntiDNAse-B) means the child has had a strep infection sometime within the past few months, and his body created antibodies to fight the strep. bacteria. Some children create lots of antibodies and... Full Answer
- Q How is typhoid fever diagnosed?
To diagnose typhoid fever, your doctor will first need to hear about your symptoms and travel history. The doctor then usually collects samples of blood, stool, bone marrow, or other fluids or tissues. The samples are sent to a lab where bacteria are... Full Answer
- Q How is diphtheria diagnosed?
After swabbing the throat of an infected individual, the doctor sends the sample to the laboratory where it is cultured. If a person is suffering from the type of diphtheria that affects the skin, the doctor can obtain tissue from an infected lesion for... Full Answer
- Q How are bacterial infections diagnosed?
To diagnose a bacterial infection, doctors often collect a blood or urine sample. This will help them identify the bacteria present, and the bacterial infection is usually diagnosed based on the results of the sample. However, sometimes the diagnosis can... Full Answer
- Q How is cholera diagnosed?
When a large outbreak of cholera occurs, the diagnosis can be easily made due to the common symptoms of the disease. The only way to formally diagnose cholera is to take a sample of the sick person's stool. If cholera is indeed the cause of symptoms,... Full Answer