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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. Eric Weisman
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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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My skin gets too dry if i shower more than once a day. Would that cause bacterial infections?

No: Dry skin itself does not cause bacterial infection. In fact, in your case by taking shower daily, you are likely reducing risk of bacterial infection. Many people have the dry skin, after taking shower, particularly in winter. You should apply lubricant such as petroleum jelly, or vaseline to the skin to protect breakdown of the skin. Once the skin breaks down, it does increase the infection risk. ...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

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Are there safe over-the-counter medications that I can give a child to help his bacterial infection?

Prescription only: Medications to treat bacterial infections are only available by prescription. See your pediatrician or family doctor to confirm this is a bacterial infection and to give you the treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

It depends: It depends mostly on the site if infection. Ifkr respiratory infections symptoms like fever, sore throat and cough etc are common to both, whereas most runny nose and nasal congestion points to viral than bacterial. If symptoms don't go away in 7-10 days, it generally suggests a bacterial superinfection, for which antibiotics can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Do bacterial infections need atibiotics ? If its what I have got judging by what I have been told it has not budged ?

Do bacterial infections need atibiotics ? If its what I have got judging by what I have been told it has not budged ?

Further issues: I answered the other question you had about this topic. Clearly you have an infection or something that has been seen and either has or needs to be treated. If you've been prescribed treatment, i'd suggest following it. If you've been receiving treatment and it's not working, you may need a second opinion or recheck to make sure it's what you think it is. ...Read more

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Sir I am very prone to fungal or bacterial infection, sir i thought due to low immunity, so is there any medicine to enhance immunity?

Depends: There are many different parts to the immune system, and many illnesses that can affect it. Certain types of immune deficiency can be treated, but first you need to be thoroughly evaluated by a physician to determine if there is a measurable deficiency, what it is and what it may be due to. Have you been tested for hiv? ...Read more

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I had an abscess, got a culture and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. What exactly is tested in a culture? Will anything severe come up?

I had an abscess, got a culture and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection. What exactly is tested in a culture? Will anything severe come up?

Culture: All a culture means is they take the sample--pus, presumably in your case, and they put it onto a dish coated with material that is bascially food for bacteria. They incubate it at body temperature and see what grows. A variety of bacteria can grow, depending on what causes the infection--some are more serious than others. A culture does not test anything else. Ask your doctor for your results. ...Read more

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I have "mild neutropenia" at 1.7, down from usual 2.9. Wcc is 3.4 down from 5.9 usual. Could this be indicative of bacterial infection? What else?

You are fine: The neutrophil count does fluctuate from 1500 to 3, 000. If yours is in this range, there is no increased risk of infection. Moreover it is very rare to have low neutrophil count in young people of your age. Make yourself familiar/watch the numbers such as WBC count, percent of neutrophils and absolute neutrophil count(anc) so that you are not making any mistakes in conveying the proper numbers ...Read more

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Diagnosed with blepharoconjunctivitis, a bacterial infection. i am told to use matixtrol every night - 6 weeks. i am on day 12. how long before better?

Diagnosed with blepharoconjunctivitis, a bacterial infection. i am told to use matixtrol every night - 6 weeks. i am on day 12. how long before better?

Blepharoconjuntiviti: Which type of blepharoconjunctivitis were you diagnosed with? If from Demodex should get better in 2-7 days usually with treatment discussed on Eyedoc2020.blogspot.com "lid hygiene". If truly bacterial, depends on type of bacteria. Was a culture done? Consult with us to help solve this issue. ...Read more

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Hello my boyfriend keeps saying he as a warm sensation when he urinates and I recently found out I have a bacterial infection. Is it anyway he got a b?

Hello my boyfriend keeps saying he as a warm sensation when he urinates and I recently found out I have a bacterial infection. Is it anyway he got a b?

Unrelated? But...: "Bacterial infection" of the vagina usually is bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of mostly normal bacteria. It usually causes no symptoms in men. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomonas are more common in BV, but the main symptom in men is discharge, not "warmth" when urinating. Still, he should see a doctor and you both should be tested for STDs. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...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