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Obvious yellow spots on both tonsils and yellow puss secretions from tonsular crypts. Any way of ruling out bacterial vs viral infection without swab?

Obvious yellow spots on both tonsils and yellow puss secretions from tonsular crypts.  Any way of ruling out bacterial vs viral infection without swab?

Nope : Although one may be able to predict, you can't for sure distinguish bacterial from viral causes of pharyngitis on exam alone. Only a culture or rapid strep antigen test can distinguish the causes. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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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How do u know if it's a bacterial or viral infection? Like what's the symptoms of each one?

Depends: The answer depends on which disease. A viral respiratory infection tends to have a low grade fever, runny clear nose, with mild body ache symptoms. A bacterial respiratory infection can have a high grade fever, pus filled discharge, and make you want to pass out. There are other examples but depends on what body part you are referring to! ...Read more

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What bacterial or viral infections can be caused by seasonal changes?

What bacterial or viral infections can be caused by seasonal changes?

None: There is no good evidence that the change in season itself is causative of infection. ...Read more

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What signs and symptoms differentiate a bacterial vs a viral acute sinus infection?

What signs and symptoms differentiate a bacterial vs a viral acute sinus infection?

Time: Almost all bacterial sinus infections occur following a viral upper respiratory infection. In the first several days following a cold the sinuses inflame due to the viral illness. About 15 to 20% of the time a viral illness becomes bacterial. 7 to 10 days after illness if symptoms persist or worsen with cough, headache, congestion, bacterial is now a likelyhood. ...Read more

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

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

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Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?

Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?

Neither...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a disease usually caused by smoking. It is chronic, incurable and slowly progressive. The disease itself is not a result of infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does a viral infection become a bacterial infection?

Never.: A virus is one pathogen and a bacteria is another. What occurs sometimes is that you get a cold, ie. Virus and then with the mucus you get a supperimpossed bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?

What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?

Different germ types: Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc... Treatment is with "antibiotics", but the exact term should be "antibacterials". Viruses are much smaller, and cannot reproduce on their own. Viruses have to invade other cells, such as our own cells, and use those cells to make new viruses. Anti-virals are used to stop viruses. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...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