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How Does One Get A Viral Or Bacterial Infectionn In Throat
Depends on situation: There are few treatments if any for most viral infections. Influenza & HIV are well known cases where antivirals are helpful but most must run their course & be cured by the bodies immune system.Monitoring for dehydration or treatable secondary infections is important.Proper rest & diet is the most helpful supportive care. Rarely viruses can kill, the overwhelming majority do not. ...Read more
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
Antibiotics; time: Bacterial infections of the eyes are treated with antibiotics specific for the likely causal organism, whereas viral infections are ordinarily managed with irrigation, cleansing the eyelids, artificial tears, decongestants, and occassional antiinflammatory agents like steroids for complicated keratitis. Specific viral infections like herpes simplex have antiviral medications for treatment. ...Read more
Hard to distinguish: clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially ...Read more
Sometimes difficult: Your doctor has to gauge according to the history you provide, what the ear drum looks like, and whether the eardrum moves or not. If there's no fever, mild or no pain, the ear drum moves, and the patient has cold symptoms it's usually viral and antibiotics are inappropriate. If there's fever, pain, lack of movement of a very red eardrum, it's likely bacterial. ...Read more
Infections: A sore throat is usually a viral infection and treating symptomatically is appropriate. If symptoms progress or do not improve over 5-7 days starting antibiotics such as Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or Azithromycin to treat an upper respiratory tract infection is acceptable. If you have symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain Ciprofloxacin can treat a bacterial gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Sinus Infection: The diagnosis is based upon your clinical presentation and symptoms. The only definitive way to differentiate is through a culture. ...Read more
Culture: The symptoms of viral or bacterial infection of the throat or tonsils may be similar. The appearance of these structures on physical examination may also be similar. Therefore, a culture of the throat will determine if you have pathological bacterial species. This is how any physician can only determine the etiology of a sore throat. ...Read more
Homeostasis: Yeast infections can be passed from one partner to another, but most commonly are due to changes in the natural flora of one's vagina. Sometimes environmental changes, dietary changes, exercises changes can cause yeast infections. Most common is use of antibiotics causing a subsequent yeast infection. ...Read more
What is the difference between a bacterial strep throat, and a viral sore throat like people have with mono?
All 3 can be caused : by viral infections that will not respond to antibiotic treatment. If there is sore throat & fever see a doctor for a throat swab for Group A Streptococcus. 5-25 years is the age range for susceptibility to rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation & other complications of some strains of strep. A full 10-day course of antibiotics is needed to prevent these. ...Read more
How long does swollen neck glands to go down caused by a viral infection.I know it can take a while for the glands to settle after viral infection?
I know its not efficient, but could you get rid of a bacterial infection by infecting the bacteria with a bacteriophage virus?
Complicated: While the theory sounds good, there are complex issues involved in proving that method of treatment to be more safe and effective than current approved and accepted treatments; those studies have been unsuccessful in that endeavor. ...Read more
Yes -plenty of germs: Doctors can test for Group A Strep -which is only one specific germ that can cause a throat infection (or pharyngitis if you want to be technical). Different viruses are also implicated (like mono, adenovirus, etc) but certainly other bacteria are on the list. Pertussis (Whooping cough) and diphtheria are two important ones. Then there are other Strep species, 'mixed' infections like abscesses etc ...Read more
I was sent to the ER and diagnosed with ileitis. How common is bacterial or viral ileitis compared to a chronic condition? I've also been fighting an upper respiratory infection for a couple weeks and wonder if it is possible for that infection to travel
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