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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Infection Vs Viral Cold

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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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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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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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I've been sick 6 times this year with different viral/bacterial infections. Should i be worried about leukemia?

I've been sick 6 times this year with different viral/bacterial infections. Should i be worried about leukemia?

Boost Immune system: Frequent illness doesn't necessarily point to cancer. It looks like you have been on a lot of antibiotics and although these help fight serious bacterial infections, if used too often they can lower your immune system. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. When this happens in the gut the bad take over and the good cannot protect you.Then you get sick again. Probiotics, diet, etc. Can help. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Depends on the germ: The Ebola virus is certainly deadly but the cold virus is usually not. Meningococcal germs could kill you in a day while common germs live in your gut for your lifetime and help your digestion/health. I think trying to generalize such an issue can be a cute parlor game but most don't have the need to play it. ...Read more

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What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

All of them!: All bacterial infections are non-viral, but definition. Mycoplasma pneumoniae has similar features to both but is treated as a bacterium. Streptococcal and Staphylococcus are two other examples. ...Read more

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What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

Bacteria are cells: Bacteria are cells, they are living and have a cell wall. Viruses consist of dna, or RNA usually with proteins around the nuclear material, but they do not have a cell wall. Viruses are about 1/10th the size of a bacteria. Bacteria cause infection by causing an inflammatory response while viruses get inside your cells then replicate and cause problems.From the inside out of your cells. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms for viral and bacterial infections?

What are the different symptoms for viral and bacterial infections?

Many possible: It really depends on what the infection is. Maybe fever, chills, muscle or joint pains and aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, congestion, abdominal pain, headaches, sore throat, rash, etc..... ...Read more

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Can viral and bacterial infections enhance one another's effects in the body?

Yes: A great example is a bacterial pneumonia that occurs after a pulmonary virus infection. A virus such as influenza, can invade the cells that line the respiratory tract, and kill them.In doing so, the "physical" barrier of cells slough off, allowing bacteria to now invade the tissue and cause a pneumonia. Also, certain other viruses can also transmit resistance genes from one bacteria to another. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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Does increase in neutrs cause lymphocytopenia does this mean that neutrs r fighting a bacterial infection or is it the lymphs loosing a viral fight?

Does increase in neutrs cause lymphocytopenia does this mean that neutrs r fighting a bacterial infection or is it the lymphs loosing a viral fight?

Assumption incorrect: Increase in NUMBER of neutrophils does not affect the NUMBER of lymphocytes, but perforce reduces the PERCENTAGE of white blood cells which are lymphocytes. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms of a viral infection and a bacterial infection?

What are the different symptoms of a viral infection and a bacterial infection?

Not much difference: Generally people recover from viral infections a little faster but that is certainly not always the case. Influenza and other serious viruses can take quite a while to recover from. Symptoms depend on where the virus is invading and can be very similar to infections. Bacterial infections tend to be more localized. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral infection and bacterial infection? I'm currently having viral infection according to my doctor.

What is the difference between viral infection and bacterial infection? I'm currently having viral infection according to my doctor.

Virus v Bacteria: The simple answer, and not trying to sound flip, is that viruses causes viral illnesses, bacteria cause bacterial infections. Antibiotics can help with bacterial infections, but only some antiviral medications are available to help with the course of some viral illnesses. Most viral illnesses just have to run their course. ...Read more

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How do viral and bacterial infections affect a CBC?

How do viral and bacterial infections affect a CBC?

It varies: A systemic bacterial infection is likely to increase the number of neutrophils, immature neutrophils, and angry-looking neutrohils (toxic granulation etc). Typhoid raises monocytes instead, whooping cough lymphocytes. Viral infections may raise total lymphocytes and/or atypical lymphs. Or either can suppress lymphs. It's tricky stuff. ...Read more

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Do both viral and bacterial infections cause a fever?

Yes: Fever is your body's response to foreign invaders whether bacterial or viral. A good high fever makes it harder for the infection to grow and spread in your body. Respect the fever. ...Read more

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How do you know when a viral flu turns into a bacterial infection ?

How do you know when a viral flu turns into a bacterial infection ?

Flu : The general time from is 7 to 10 days of symptoms not improving or worsening. ...Read more

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What are other causes of labyrinthitis besides viral and bacterial infections?

What are other causes of labyrinthitis besides viral and bacterial infections?

Surgical trauma: Labyrinthitis by definition is an inflammation of the inner ear. The inner ear has both the organ for hearing (cochlea) and the organs of balance. Bacterial infections of the labyrinth are very rare and life-threatening. The cause of inner ear inflammation is usually viral but can certainly follow middle ear or inner ear surgery. Middle ear infections can also penetrate into the inner ear. ...Read more

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What is the difference between how viral infections and bacterial infections affect the body?

Ggod question!: There are some clear differences, which one ought to know. Most virus infections cause a short illness of 3-5 days and then go away on their own. We do not have good antibiotics against the virus(this is typical scenario for upper respiratory infections(one of the common infections). Bacterial infections are more serious and definitely require antibiotics, otherwise you will get very sick , ending. ...Read more

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Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems with recurrent bacterial infections and be able to respond normally to viral infections. ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more