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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Gastroenteritis: Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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 forms of bacterial infections are common for gastroenteritis?

What forms of bacterial infections are common for gastroenteritis?

Many i will name few: E coli, salmonella, shigella, yersenia, campilobacter and others. ...Read more

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Is there any doctor in south texas that can treat viral gastroenteritis or viral infections?

Is there any doctor in south texas that can treat viral gastroenteritis or viral infections?

Usually don't need: to see the doctor to treat viral gastroenteritis or a cold. However, usually a GP and up can tx if necessary. ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent viral infections ?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Why do I get frequent viral infections ?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Infectious Dis. eval: Although your life style may be related to your frequent colds, for example, being with young children who are sick or being a teacher and being exposed to children who should have remained at home because they have colds, I would advise an infectious disease specialist. The latter can give you a much more extensive evaluation of your immune status profile. Blood test not enough. ...Read more

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23 healthy male get frequent viral infections l, cold, gastrointeritis. Have chronic stress, but I have had 9 infections this year, is this concern?

23 healthy male get frequent viral infections l, cold, gastrointeritis. Have chronic stress, but I have had 9 infections this year, is this concern?

This states that: you have hypochondria and you indicate that you are stressed. Rather then focusing on your symptoms - would encourage you to address your stress. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive > ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Depends on the germ: The Ebola virus is certainly deadly but the cold virus is usually not. Meningococcal germs could kill you in a day while common germs live in your gut for your lifetime and help your digestion/health. I think trying to generalize such an issue can be a cute parlor game but most don't have the need to play it. ...Read more

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What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

All of them!: All bacterial infections are non-viral, but definition. Mycoplasma pneumoniae has similar features to both but is treated as a bacterium. Streptococcal and Staphylococcus are two other examples. ...Read more

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What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

Bacteria are cells: Bacteria are cells, they are living and have a cell wall. Viruses consist of dna, or RNA usually with proteins around the nuclear material, but
they do not have a cell wall. Viruses are about 1/10th the size of a bacteria. Bacteria cause infection by causing an inflammatory response while viruses get inside your cells
then replicate and cause problems.From the inside out of your cells. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if a chest infection is viral or bacterial?

What can you do to tell if a chest infection is viral or bacterial?

Infection: Culture and various serological testing can often identify the likely organism responsible for infection, and this includes the presence of antigens in urine, sputum and blood as well as antibodies. Often the clinical presentation of the illness will suggest the likely culprit, but proving it definitively may be difficult. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms for viral and bacterial infections?

Many possible: It really depends on what the infection is. Maybe fever, chills, muscle or joint pains and aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, congestion, abdominal pain, headaches, sore throat, rash, etc..... ...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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How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

Often timing or test: There are many different types of viral infections and bacterial infections so it depends on location. by type of infection:

sore throat: bacteria can easily be identified with an office test. if negative usually viral
sinusitis: after a cold is going on for 7+ days and getting better, suddenly gets worse
pneumonia: doctor exam, x-ray, culture
flu (viral): type of symptoms, office test ...Read more

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Can viral and bacterial infections enhance one another's effects in the body?

Can viral and bacterial infections enhance one another's effects in the body?

Yes: A great example is a bacterial pneumonia that occurs after a pulmonary virus infection. A virus such as influenza, can invade the cells that line the respiratory tract, and kill them.In doing so, the "physical" barrier of cells slough off, allowing bacteria to now invade the tissue and cause a pneumonia. Also, certain other viruses can also transmit resistance genes from one bacteria to another. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

It depends: It depends mostly on the site if infection. Ifkr respiratory infections symptoms like fever, sore throat and cough etc are common to both, whereas most runny nose and nasal congestion points to viral than bacterial. If symptoms don't go away in 7-10 days, it generally suggests a bacterial superinfection, for which antibiotics can be prescribed. ...Read more

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Prostitis if prostitis is bacterial of viral can the infection be passed back and forth to a female sex partner? If so should she be treated also?

Prostitis  if prostitis is bacterial of viral can the infection be passed back and forth to a female sex partner?  If so should she be treated also?

STD's: In a few case, prostatitis can be caused by chlamydia and gonorrhea which are std's. If not treated properly in the male, the infection can be transmitted to the female sexual partner during intercourse. This form of transmission is less likely with other bugs that cause prostatitis. ...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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How can I tell if my infection is bacterial or viral?

How can I tell if my infection is bacterial or viral?

Blood test: Having a blood test would indicate whether your infection is bacterial- abnormal red cell count and shift; or viral- increase in monocytes. ...Read more

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What kind of oral infections are there (bacterial/viral)and how is testing done? What can I do to help my pain until second opinion because it hurts.

What kind of oral infections are there (bacterial/viral)and how is testing done? What can I do to help my pain until second opinion because it hurts.

Where is pain?: Oral infection? As in mouth? Or including esophagus, stomach, small & large intestines, too? Somewhat moot to check for most viral illness b/c antibiotics won't work. However, consider checking for hepatitis if at risk, strep throat if sore w/fever & swollen glands, stool studies if diarrhea, etc. Best to go see your family doc for more thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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Which is more contagious: viral or bacterial infections?

Which is more contagious: viral or bacterial infections?

That depends on: the specific infections vice lumping bacteria and viruses into two categories for compare. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a bacterial or a viral sinus infection?

Time: The only real sign that has proven predictive of a bacterial sinus infection vs a viral sinus infection is the length of time of symptoms (that was reported to be 10 days). Initially it is usually a viral infection and then a secondary bacterial infection occurs (7-10 days later). That is why most physicians usually recommend otc meds and conservative measure in the beginning. ...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?

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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I've been sick 6 times this year with different viral/bacterial infections. Should i be worried about leukemia?

Boost Immune system: Frequent illness doesn't necessarily point to cancer. It looks like you have been on a lot of antibiotics and although these help fight serious bacterial infections, if used too often they can lower your immune system. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. When this happens in the gut the bad take over and the good cannot protect you.Then you get sick again. Probiotics, diet, etc. Can help. ...Read more

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Does increase in neutrs cause lymphocytopenia does this mean that neutrs r fighting a bacterial infection or is it the lymphs loosing a viral fight?

Does increase in neutrs cause lymphocytopenia does this mean that neutrs r fighting a bacterial infection or is it the lymphs loosing a viral fight?

Assumption incorrect: Increase in NUMBER of neutrophils does not affect the NUMBER of lymphocytes, but perforce reduces the PERCENTAGE of white blood cells which are lymphocytes. ...Read more

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Can a infection (viral or bacterial) spread through your body?

Absolutely: A bacterial infection that spreads through your body is called sepsis. It is bad, requires hospitalization and IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a viral or bacteria infection?

It often isn't so: easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more