A Blood culture is conducted to find germs or foreign invaders, such as bacteria, fungus, and other pathogens in a blood sample. Blood-infections can be severe as well as fatal as it hampers the normal physiology of important organs. Lungs, Gastrointestinal Tract, Gallbladder, Kidney, Heart are common sources of blood-borne infections. Weak or compromised immunity is another reason for infection, especially in case of newborns, kids and older people. Sometimes typical symptoms like fever, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches or inflammatory signs may or may not be observed. In a serious case, an infection can spread to the other parts and become systemic, which is known as sepsis. Blood culture is done more regularly for patients infected with HIV, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases.
You need to tell about the medications you’re having along with the prescription and other nutritional supplements. The doctor may ask you to stop the medication if required because antibiotics can stop the bacterial growth. People who are nervous about needles can talk to the healthcare professional to ease the anxiety.