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What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

What can I do to prevent bacterial infections?

Good hygiene: The best way to prevent bacterial infections, or viral infections, is good hygiene. Wash your hand properly and often. Next come nutrition; your immune system works much better if you give it the proper tools to work with. Next comes sleep; not sleeping properly or enough has been shown to weaken the immune system and increase susceptibility to infections. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can I get a bacterial infection by kissing someone?

Can I get a bacterial infection by kissing someone?

Sometimes yes: Depending on where one kisses upon another person's body, he will bring some bacteria into his mouth, which means onto his throat and down into his tummy. If his mouth gets strep throat bacteria from kissing, then he can develop a strep throat infection. If his mouth gets h.Pylori bacteria from kissing, then he can get an h.Pylori stomach ulcer. Many other bacteria can also be gotten from kissing. ...Read more

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Can i catch a bacterial infection from an endoscopy?

Can i catch a bacterial infection from an endoscopy?

Doubtful: These are always sterilized before using. Unless there was penetration of the tube being endoscoped (colon, stomach, small bowel, other) it would be remarkably unusual to acquire infection from these devices. ...Read more

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Does green mucous mean that I have a bacterial infection?

Does green mucous mean that I have a bacterial infection?

Not necessarily: The color of the mucous is dependent on the cells involved in the inflammatory process, not necessarily infection, and the chemicals/products they contain on bursting. We rely on more symptoms and risks for treatment to avoid resistance. If you have risk factors and fever and change in the intensity of symptoms, we are more likely to treat with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is the bacterial infection I have behind my lightheadedness?

Is the bacterial infection I have behind my lightheadedness?

Not enough informati: The phrase bacterial infection is too vague for anyone to answer. You will need to be more specific about the infection you have. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

Often timing or test: There are many different types of viral infections and bacterial infections so it depends on location. by type of infection: sore throat: bacteria can easily be identified with an office test. if negative usually viral sinusitis: after a cold is going on for 7+ days and getting better, suddenly gets worse pneumonia: doctor exam, x-ray, culture flu (viral): type of symptoms, office test ...Read more

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I have a bacterial infection, what factors could cause the infection to become septic?

I have a bacterial infection, what factors could cause the infection to become septic?

Very rare: If you mean a bacterial infection in the vagina, it would be highly unlikely for this to proceed to sepsis, which is a serious infection of the bloodstream. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if your girlfriend has a vaginal bacterial infection can the man catch it?

Yes: Usually men do not get symptoms of it, but you can colonize with the bactria and reinfect your partner specially if uncircumcized. I usually treat both of you. This is not an std though. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema(swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more