A 36-year-old member asked:
what is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered
32 years experience Pediatrics
Different germ types: Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc... Treatment is with "antibiotics", but the exact term should be "antibacterials". Viruses are much smaller, and cannot reproduce on their own. Viruses have to invade other cells, such as our own cells, and use those cells to make new viruses. Anti-virals are used to stop viruses.
Answered on Jul 16, 2013
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