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Are Measles Bacterial Or Viral
Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is viral exanthematous fever ? My kid got this but doc told this is not measles a or chickenpox and lesions are not contagious. Please clarify.
Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be either: Depends on organism, susceptibility to antibiotics and immune system of patient. Adenovirus is one of most virulent viruses often leaving destroyed lung. Other viral infections can be complicated by superimposed bacterial necrotizing pneumonia. Streptococcal and Staphylococcal and others can be very virulent as well ...Read more
Duration: In either type of sinusitis the symptoms are the same. Even 60% of bacterial sinusitis clear without antibiotics. Bacterial infections show in three ways. Most common it is progressive worsening symptoms usually after cold or allergy attack over 10-14 days. Next is the cold that persists over 3-4 weeks not getting better or worse. Least common is severe sudden onset of symptoms with fever. ...Read more
Predominantly cause: One is produced by bacteria, and usually we find the alveoli (tiny air sacs) filled with inflammatory material showing as consolidation on imaging studies, whereas in viral infection the tissues lining the air spaces are more involved and appears as a reticular pattern on imaging. Both can show overlapping pictures. ...Read more
The germ: Bacterial pneumonias are caused by a germs called bacteria, for the most part they can be treated with antibiotics. Viruses cause similar pneumonias, since viruses are biologically very different ( they live and reproduce by invading a normal cell and incorporating into the cells dna for example) antibiotics do not work, with rare exceptions. ( like flu) symptoms of both are similar though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Influenza is a virus: But a lot of people call colds and other respiratory illnesses 'the flu' or 'influenza.' real influenza is a virus, typically a nasty one, with very sudden onset, fever, headache, sore throat, cough and other symptoms. The only way to really know is to be tested by your health care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What else besides bacterial or viral conjuctivitis can cause severe light sensivitity in a small child?
I've read that the majority of sinusitis is viral in nature. What differentiates it from the bacterial kind? How long does the viral kind last?
Great question!: The only difference we have been able to show is the length of time of symptoms. If its anything less than 7-10 days then most likely its a viral infection. 10 days or more -> bacterial infection. Of course there are exception but this serves a general guideline for us to follow. ...Read more
Neither: Cancer can be caused by the long-standing inflammation in tissues affected by certain viruses (i.e. Hpv, hcv) and bacteria (i.e. H.Pylori), but cancer itself is not an infectious organism. Learn more about cancer and bacteria here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cancer_bacteria learn more about cancer and viruses here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cancer_virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Colds are caused by: viruses.Get a more detailed answer ›
Apples/oranges: Bacterial food borne illness often from undercooked, and/or contaminated food. Any uncooked animal product considered contaminated. Any raw, unwashed fruit/veg may be contaminated, so wash them before eating. Wash your hands before cooking, eating. Viral food borne illness includes hepatitis a, found in contaminated sea food, more commonly from food handlers. Other viral inf can cause GI sx. ...Read more