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Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Not necessarily: A viral infection could be just as fulminant, severe and devastating.The viral or bacterial load, coexisting factors, age of the patient, additional medical problems, etc ate more tell telling of the seriousness of an infection...Bacterial infection usually require antibiotic, viral infections are usually treated symptomatically, but could require antiviral meds.

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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
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
All of them!: All bacterial infections are non-viral, but definition. Mycoplasma pneumoniae has similar features to both but is treated as a bacterium. Streptococcal and Staphylococcus are two other examples.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Which is more contagious: viral or bacterial infections?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends on: the specific infections vice lumping bacteria and viruses into two categories for compare.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me when does a viral infection become a bacterial infection?

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Dr. Jose Abreu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Never.: A virus is one pathogen and a bacteria is another. What occurs sometimes is that you get a cold, ie. Virus and then with the mucus you get a supperimpossed bacterial infection.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Bacteria are cells: Bacteria are cells, they are living and have a cell wall. Viruses consist of dna, or RNA usually with proteins around the nuclear material, but they do not have a cell wall. Viruses are about 1/10th the size of a bacteria. Bacteria cause infection by causing an inflammatory response while viruses get inside your cells then replicate and cause problems.From the inside out of your cells.

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