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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Infections

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
2,011 doctors shared insights

Bacterial Infections (Overview)

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


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How long should a bacterial infection last and what are some symptoms?

How long should a bacterial infection last and what are some symptoms?

No time table: There is very large number of bacterial pathogens that have varying courses, e.g., Meningococcal sepsis can kill in a matter of hours from the start of symptoms, to leprosy that lasts decades. The common symptoms of bacterial infectious are fever, pain, pus formation and impairment of the function of the affected organ. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
2,011 doctors shared insights

Bacterial Infections (Overview)

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


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How does one get bacterial infections?

How does one get bacterial infections?

Exposure/germ factor: Infections occur when a germ is introduced to a location where conditions are supportive of germ growth.The germ begins to reproduce using local nutrient sources & invades the area.Some germs are benign hitch hikers & simply hang around while others are invasive & elaborate toxic chemicals that are destructive to tissue. ...Read more

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Recovering from Pneumonia (Tip)

Recovering from Pneumonia

Coughing from a pneumonia infection can go on for months even after successful treatment. ...See more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is a bacterial infection?

Does the doctor need to do to tests to be sure if the diagnosis is a bacterial infection?

Sometimes: Bacterial infections can occur in multiple locations in the body. Some have tests that are easy to do such as a culture of the urine or blood, and some you cannot test for directly. If you are concerned that you have a bacterial infection please see your doctor immediately for evaluation. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to cure a bacterial infection?

Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections are treated mainly with antibiotics, the kind and nature of which is determined by the type of bacteria. Antibiotics are usually taken orally but serious ones need to given intravenously (iv). ...Read more

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Oral Surgery (Tip)

Oral Surgery

Mantain good oral hygiene after the surgery to prevent infection and delay in wound healing! ...See more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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How can I reduce the chance of my child getting a bacterial infection?

How can I reduce the chance of my child getting a bacterial infection?

Avoid sick people: Keeping clean, cooking food thoroughly, and staying away from sick people are reliable ways to reduce bacterial infections. A bath or shower washes away bacteria than cause impetigo. Washing hands after using the bathroom (and washing hands before eating) helps prevent infections like typhoid and cholera. Not getting cough or sneezed on helps prevent illnesses like strep throat and whooping cough. ...Read more

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How does one get bacterial infections?

Exposure/germ factor: Infections occur when a germ is introduced to a location where conditions are supportive of germ growth.The germ begins to reproduce using local nutrient sources & invades the area.Some germs are benign hitch hikers & simply hang around while others are invasive & elaborate toxic chemicals that are destructive to tissue. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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