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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 35 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.
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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 35 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.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

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Dr. Andres R Villar
Pediatrics 42 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 27-year-old member asked:

Can any bacterial infection become septic?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 43 years experience
Sepsis: Most bacterial infections do not spread into the blood stream, the definition of sepsis. Most simple infection, such as skin infections, or bladder infections do not spread. But lung infections (pneumonia), kidney infections (pyelonephritis), deep skin abcesses, gall bladder infections, appendicitis, all can spread bacterial to the blood stream. Sepsis can be deadly, and needs hospitalization.
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