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Bacteria Vs Virus Symptoms
Infections: You really cannot tell the difference because viral and bacterial infections can start out the same, fever, cough and congestion, etc. If your child looks pitiful with a fever but then starts playing when its gone, its more likely to be viral. A lot depends on the age of the child. ...Read more
My question is what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?
Can anyone tell me what causes an illness to be fatal, the symptoms or the bacteria/virus multiplying?
Fatality: The microbes multiple and cause symptoms/ bodily changes. The later may lead to death. ...Read more
Not easy: There must be an evaluation of symptom intensity (bacterial usually worse and can be life-threatening and fast evolving). X- rays can help rule out bacterial. A blood white cell count will usually be low or normal with viral. A sputum culture taken to grow out pathogenic bacteria is quite definitive. Viral - itises are usually self-limiting, and antibiotics do not affect viral conditions. ...Read more
Consult yoiur doctor:
The flue is due to a virus. There is a rapid determination that can be done to identify "the flu" it is a combination of respiratory symptoms, fatigue and other constitutional symptoms and low grade fever.
Bacterial respiratory disorders - pneumonia are usually accompanied by a high fever and respiratory distress. The evaluation to determine etiology is not complicated and can quickly done. ...Read more
Can a virus cause a sore throat that is now on it's 4th day but with no other cold symptoms like congestion or cough? Or is this probably bacterial?
There are both: Antiviral and antibacterial medications.Get a more detailed answer ›
Different things: Bacteria are small single-celled living things that grow on their own, and cause disease when they invade into the body. Viruses are small packets of genetic information that can do nothing on their own, but hijack the cellular machinery of the body to produce more virus particles. ...Read more
Causes of disease: There are many, many causes of infectious disease - bacteria and viruses, but also parasites, protozoa, fungi and infectious proteins. It's always good to try and protect oneself by following simple principles of good health - eating well, getting a good nights sleep, avoiding stress, and toxins such as alcohol and cigarette smoke. Talking to the doctor too about your individual health needs helps ...Read more
Lab tests: Can help to differentiate as it isn't always obvious from symptoms alone. ...Read more
Star war in cell?: No. A virus will not get into a fight with a bacteria, to the opposite, it will welcome the bacteria to join the cell party of an infection, it is then called an over infection. If a nearby fungus is interested, it will also join the other bad guys. That's why we have an immune system, the body military cells (white blood cells) that patrols 24/24 2 protect us from viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. ...Read more
Neither: Neither bacteria nor virus. The experts don't know. They think, without proof, it may be combination of virus and gene. What is known-it is a medium blood vessel disease vasculitis in children. Not contagious. Diagnosed by symptoms of fever, red eyes, red tongue, swollen hand; feet, neck lymph node. Main concern should be the coronary artery inflammation. Rx is high dose Aspirin and immunoglobulin. ...Read more
Yes, lots: Not to make you paranoid, but there are countless things that cause disease. Many factors interact with our bodies in a way that can lead to disease. For example, a high salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney and heart damage, and damage to other arteries (like stroke). Type 2 diabetes is another complicated disease that can have to do with weight gain. ...Read more
YES: Certain viruses (bacteriophages), can kill bacteria. In fact, this process is thought to occur in the ganges river in india, explaining how so many pilgrims visit the shores of the ganges to bathe at a specific time of year, without the consequences of having a typhoid or diphtheria (both are caused by bacteria) outbreak. ...Read more
See below: Go to the cdc website for that information. ...Read more
Can docs please explain are bacteria/viruses that evolved far from humans still dangerous to humans?
Zoonotic infection: Because humans may also be susceptible to them. Consider Ebola which can affect humans and other primates. ...Read more
What dangers could emerge from not being exposed to a variety of bacteria and viruses in childhood? None
When you say being "exposed, " I'm going to assume you mean being infected with.
So... Being infected with a bacteria will not make you any more or less susceptible or immune to any future exposure to that bacteria. Our bodies do not build immunity to a bacteria, only viruses. Thus, you can get a strep throat again and again and again, and no amount of getting a strep throat will ever make you immune to getting another strep throat.
Viruses are different, and once exposed or infected with a virus, we can develop immunity to that particular virus for a period of time. Depending on the virus, immunity can last anywhere from days to years. Viruses mutate (change), and a slightly different virus of the same sort can infect you even though you've had a strain of that virus before. It's iffy.
But even if you never had the usual "childhood diseases" (viruses), I assume you've been vaccinated against them, in which case, you're fairly well protected from future infection of whatever viruses you've been immunized against. ...Read more
I read that the bacteria or virus only lives a few hours on surfaces. Why does make up and contacts need to be discarded?
Contacts, make-up: They may survive longer on moist surfaces. And other irritants (dust, airborne chemical contaminants, etc) also may settle on the lenses. Such recommendations are always very conservative, but it's best to follow them. You don't want to take chances when it comes to eyesight, ocular health, etc. There is no need to discard partly used make-up if not shared with other people. ...Read more
Could not just say they come from bacteria or a virus. I already know this. But where does that bacteria or virus originate?
Evolutionary origins: Of viruses & bacteria may be a little out of the scope of most of us HealthTap Doctors. Here are some good articles that address this question. Https://www. Nature. Com/scitable/topicpage/the-origins-of-viruses-14398218 & https://www. Britannica. Com/science/bacteria/Evolution-of-bacteria ...Read more
Bacteria: Diptheria is an upper respiratory illness caused by Corynebacterium diptheriae. It is a very unpleasant upper respiratory illness characterized by croupy breathing, shortness of breath with a grayish membrane seen in the pharynx. It is treatable with appropriate antibiotics but it is a completely preventable illness with appropriate vaccination. ...Read more
See below: Bacterial resistance means that a bacteria is resistant to the bacteristatic or bactericidal effects of one or more antibiotics. There are many mechanisms that bacteria use to develop this resistance. They include the production of enzymes that degrade the antibiotic, altering the binding site of the antibiotic, pumping the antibiotic out of the cell after penetration etc. ...Read more
Mostly Bacterial: Bacteria are much more common, especially ecoli. Viruses are the rare cause of bladder infection in an immunocompetent person, while they are increasing among immunocompromised patients especially in hemorrhagic cystitis, a type of bladder inflammation. Bk virus, adenovirus, and cytomegalovirus are the main ones. No matter what, bacterial bladder infection is much more common. ...Read more
My gym offers towels for use. What viruses or bacteria etc could I get exposed to from using gym towels?
See below: Colds are caused by viruses usually rhinoviruses. They are not caused by bacteria. Getting colds several times a year is not unusual. Frequent contact with young children will increase your risk. Avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer frequently. Eat a healthy diet. Get adequate sleep. Hopefully your cold frequency will decrease. Good luck. ...Read more
Germ is a lay term to describe all types of microbial organisms. Bacteria are single celled organisms that exist almost everywhere in the environment, on our skin, in our mouths, in our intestines etc.
Viruses are sub-cellulat particles that contain a small piece of dna or rna
contained in a protein envelope. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria and can even infect bacteria. Check a dictionary. ...Read more
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Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more
Germ is a lay person's word and could be used to describe either a virus or a bacteria. It implies an infectious particle. There are many differences between bacteria and viruses including size, ability to live outside of a host, different types of reproduction, etc... The following link has some good basic information:
http://www. Diffen. Com/difference/bacteria_vs_virus. ...Read more
No: Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and because of multiple potential risks involve with their use should not be taken unless clearly necessary. ...Read more
Yes: However, this would require more than 400 characters; in fact, it would be a textbook-length treatise. Even giving you internet addresses wouldn't begin to do this subject justice. Generally, viruses aren't your friends unless they kill species that attack us. Otherwise, it's a huge mix. Without our microbe friends, life would be impossible. ...Read more