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What are common bacterial infections?

What are common bacterial infections?

Too many to name: There are many, many bacterial infections. Every part of your body is subject to bacterial infection, and the fact that you are not sick from infections all the time, that fact that you survive at all, is a testament to how miraculous the immune system is. There are bacteria everywhere you go. Some bacteria are likely to cause infection, most are not. We are surrounded, and yet we survive. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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 can be used for a bacterial infection?

What can be used for a bacterial infection?

INFECTION: Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics, locally , oral or parenteral depending on the severity of infection. ...Read more

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What does a bacterial infection come from ?

What does a bacterial infection come from ?

Wrong place ; time: Bacteria are everywher. They protect us from bad bugs by crowding them out or not allowing them to take hold; produce bacteriocidal compounds; help us digest food ; make essential vitamins for us. Unfortunately some bugs are not 'friendly'. If our immune system isnt intact (skin breakdown, chemo, poor nutrition, burns, immune diseases) these bad bacteria overcome our immune system and attack us. ...Read more

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Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Why do repeated bacterial infections occur?

Frequent fliers: Repeat infections can occur for many reasons including (but not all inclusive): 1. The infection wasnt completely managed in 1st place (abscess not drained, dead tissue behind, inadequate therapy) 2. The wrong antibiotic chosen 3. Risk that caused 1st infection continues (behavior/immune disorder) 4. Immunity doesnt follow infection (syphilis, rhinovirus) 5. True true unrelated (new infect'n). ...Read more

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Describe the features of a bacterial infection.?

Describe the features of a bacterial infection.?

Depends where: Symptoms of bacterial infection very depending on the organ system involved, commonly including fever, pain and feeling under the weather. A urine infection presents with pain and itchiness with urination, a skin infection with redness and boils, a respiratory infection with difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What's your opinion on treating bacterial infections?

What's your opinion on treating bacterial infections?

Depends:: Severe (meningitis, pneumonia) - no option except antibiotics. Localized abscess - surgical is usually best. Mild ear infection or bronchitis - may wait and see if it resolves without antibiotics. Strep throat - rare complications if untreated. ...Read more

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Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Highly unlikely: 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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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Not the "infections": All bacteria are contagious, meaning that one person can smear some of his bacteria onto another's skin or other body part. The bacteria can then die, multiply on the surface (colonize the surface), or damage the person's cells and body parts (start an infection). No infection occurs in many cases, meaning the "infection" did not spread to the person even though the "bacteria" did spread to him. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections contagious?

Are bacterial infections contagious?

Sometimes: Some bacterial infections are, like strep throat, or pink eye, but many develop that are not really contagious, like sinusitis, cellulitis, or diverticulitis. If you have a concern, you should discuss the specifics with your doctor. It is also always a good idea to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, whenever you are out, like shopping, airports, grocery stores etc to minimize risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema(swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the ...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