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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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
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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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Bacterial infections (Tip)

Eye drop medicine Clears away the yellow goo Pink eye will be gone. ...See more

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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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Bacterial infections (Tip)

A fever can stunt the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses. ...See more

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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

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If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

See below: Neutropenic patients with infection frequently have fever which indicates the need for immediate treatment. Successful antibiotic treatment will often cause the fever to resolve. Sometimes the fever does not resolve until bone marrow recovery has occurred. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bacterial infection on skin?

What are the symptoms of bacterial infection on skin?

Red, blisters: A bacterial infection on the skin can take many forms. From a mild, red, slightly painful area to an area of skin which can bright red skin withhave large draining blisters that have a terrible odor. With this type of infection you may even run a fever and feel sick all over.
I you have what you think is a skin infection of more than a couple days duration seel medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the signs of bacterial infection or toxicity? I was on antibiotics over 2 mns ago and now i think my gut flora has been wiped out. Weakness

What are the signs of bacterial infection or toxicity? I was on antibiotics over 2 mns ago and now i think my gut flora has been wiped out. Weakness

See a doctor: The symptoms you are providing are too vague to even hazard a guess about. Go and see a doctor and provide a full history and submit to a physical exam. ...Read more

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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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Unpleasant odor looks milky and looks off white, is it an bacterial infection, itook the yeast/bv test it said bacterial infection 5.5 is that an std?

Unpleasant odor looks milky and looks off white, is it an bacterial infection, itook the yeast/bv test it said bacterial infection 5.5 is that an std?

BV is not an STD: But u can have BV and an std at the same time, proper cultures will show exactly what organism or organisms you have please see your gyn or a gyn. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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