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Fever Bacteria Or Virus
What causes a fever? Bacteria or virus? I know its a germ that causes sickness but what causes a fever, bacteria or virus? .
Both: Bacterial and viral infections can cause fevers, in fact they are hallmark symptoms. Viral fevers tend to be lower grade as a rule, and bacterial higher. It is one way the body fights back, by basically "cooking" the pathogen in an attempt to kill it off. The mechanisms are too lengthy to describe here, but the answer is both. ...Read more
Body raises temperature to kill viruses or bacterias. By reducung fever, do we slow down the elimination process or what? Will appreciate opinion.
Many doctors: Believe that to be the case.Get a more detailed answer ›
If you are running a fever of 101 an not sure if its its caused by bacteria our virus, should you wait out before calling the doctor?
Depends: It greatly depends on what the other symptoms are. If it is just fever, it is reasonable to wait; if it is fever and a viral syndrome such as congestion, body aches, and maybe sore throat, then yes, wait. If there is a focal problem, you should add that so we can comment whether it needs to be evaluated immediately. ...Read more
Is it true that hay fever, other allergies originate in the gut? Caused by a virus or bacteria in the gut? Thank you.
I had a bacterial virus and fever them led to step throat won't seem to go away after a week, now I'm noticing a lump on my neck. What's going on?
Mononucleosis?: How were you diagnosed with strep throat? If you took a course of Amoxicillin the symptoms should be gone by now. It is possible you were misdiagnosed and are suffering from infectious mononucleosis which routinely resolves on its own. If the swelling gets larger or becomes painful see your primary doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
My son has running a very low grade fever for 4 days. No cold viruses bacteria. Pale stool which now had blood in it and his resting heart rate is 114-128. He is irritable and mood swings. Doc isn't take this seriously. Should he?
Follow up suggested:
He may have an infection which is related to both the low grade fever, blood in the stool and change in stool color.
Fever can elevate heart rate.
Probiotics (ages four months and older) such as yogurt and keeping him well hydrated can help.
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Influenza=virus: The flu is a viral infection, and never a bacterial infection. ...Read more
Consult yoiur doctor:
The flue is due to a virus. There is a rapid determination that can be done to identify "the flu" it is a combination of respiratory symptoms, fatigue and other constitutional symptoms and low grade fever.
Bacterial respiratory disorders - pneumonia are usually accompanied by a high fever and respiratory distress. The evaluation to determine etiology is not complicated and can quickly done. ...Read more
Not exactly: You're right to prompt the question, in that bacteria can be made more virulent by uptake of "signals" from a bacteriophage. Also, an e.Coli infection does not preclude a superimposed or secondary viral illness--which together compromises the host patient more than a single infection might. However, flu viruses can not live within e.Coli. ...Read more
Bacteria don't cause:
Both colds and flu are caused by viruses. Flu hits like a ton of bricks--you're fine and an hour later you have a chill, then a fever and ache all over. Colds come on slower, rarely cause much of a fever or bad muscle pains.
Go get a flu shot next month and you won't get a chance to find out first hand. ...Read more
Not really: If you are referring to the present scare, this reported flu strain has only been associated with pig to human transmission, not human to human transfer. It is also a mild strain and no one has died and only 2 have needed hospitalization. What I would like to point out here is the "news press" and it's affinity to blow things out of proportion and only report what will get ratings. Talk to docs. ...Read more
I know you can get STD through semen but what about bacterial infections like pneumonia or viruses like flu can you get that through swallowing semen?
How about patient with cough, stuffy nose, and fever < 7 days, given antibiotic because of unknown etiology virus or bacteria?
Antibiotics: Overused and abused, but cannot tell you whether or not you needed these, because did not see and examine you. From what you say in your question it sounds like a viral illness for which you do not need antibiotics, but your doctor may know better. ...Read more
What are the risk of Endocaditis if you have had a heart Valve repair few yrs ago and you have a fever, stomach gasteronteritis or Virus with Fever GP says I have risk and this can all lead to it, how true is this? Is the Bacteria in the Blood? Ideas
Low risk: The bacteria that cause intestinal infections are uncommon causes of endocarditis. No risk from viruses. Elevated risk depends on the kind of valve repair done, whether you have an artificial valve, etc. Increased risk is primarily from respiratory, skin, or dental infections -- and even with these, the actual risk of endocarditis is very low. Discuss with your cardiologist or cardiac surgeon. ...Read more
Does pus covered swollen tonsils mean bacteria or virus? Had fever, chills and aches for 1 day with extreme sore throat.
There are both: Antiviral and antibacterial medications.Get a more detailed answer ›
Bacteria: Diptheria is an upper respiratory illness caused by Corynebacterium diptheriae. It is a very unpleasant upper respiratory illness characterized by croupy breathing, shortness of breath with a grayish membrane seen in the pharynx. It is treatable with appropriate antibiotics but it is a completely preventable illness with appropriate vaccination. ...Read more
See below: Bacterial resistance means that a bacteria is resistant to the bacteristatic or bactericidal effects of one or more antibiotics. There are many mechanisms that bacteria use to develop this resistance. They include the production of enzymes that degrade the antibiotic, altering the binding site of the antibiotic, pumping the antibiotic out of the cell after penetration etc. ...Read more
Yes: Encephalitis just means an infection of the brain. Meningitis is an infection of the outer coating that protects the brain. Meningo-encephalitis is the combination of the two. Bacteria usually go first to the meninges but can then progress into the brain. Viruses usually go first to the brain but may set up a inflammation of the meninges as well. ...Read more
It could: 2 b on the safe side get in 2 c ur pcp 4 eval, 2 ro a serious underlying proces. ...Read more
Myalgias: The term doctors use for body aches is 'myalgias'. There are various things which could cause those. Infections are quite common, because as the immune system fights, certain chemicals are released that make you feel rotten (think of having the flu). It's possible though something else occurred - such as a heavy work out or significant dehydration. Talk to a doc for more insights. ...Read more
Chlorine compounds are widely used to kill bacteria and disinfect surfaces. Examples include treating water, washing fruit and vegetables and disinfecting food contact surfaces.
Chlorine is usually combined with inorganic compounds, such as sodium or calcium, to produce hypochlorites, which are effective disinfectants. Chlorine mixed with sodium is a liquid bleach (sodium hypochlorite naocl). ...Read more
No: The quick answer is no. But when healthy our bodies have a good mechanism for producing one when exposed to a new organism. ...Read more
Not easy: There must be an evaluation of symptom intensity (bacterial usually worse and can be life-threatening and fast evolving). X- rays can help rule out bacterial. A blood white cell count will usually be low or normal with viral. A sputum culture taken to grow out pathogenic bacteria is quite definitive. Viral - itises are usually self-limiting, and antibiotics do not affect viral conditions. ...Read more
Is myelitis caused by viruses, bacteria, or other problems? Is the end result always some paralysis?
Cord inflammation: Myelitis, usually called transverse myelitis, is an inflammation of the spinal cord. The cause is not known but may be the body's response, called an autoimmune response, to a viral infection, or other conditions such as mycoplasma pneumonia. Some people have multiple sclerosis. Many people have some leftovers from the myelitis such as pain, spasms, or possibly a degree of weakness or paralysis. ...Read more
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