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How To Differentiate Between Leptospirosis And Viral Hepatitis
Similar: Food poisoning is due to infection found in the food eaten. It is usually bacteria and the response is fairly soon after ingesting the food. Contagious gastrointestinal disorders are usually viral and usually occur 1-2 days after the exposure. Food poisoning is more commonly nausea and vomitting, viral infections are more diarrhea. But you can experience both with either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most are viral: most conjunctivitis (pink eye) is viral or allergic. The whites of the eyes are red with clear or mucous discharge. In bacterial conjunctivitis, there is little redness and there usually are not cold symptoms. In addition, there is often a thick, yellow pus discharge from the eye. ...Read more
Depends on virus: Acute viral hepatitis is a self limiting infection. Hepatitis a is only an acute infection and does not progress to chronicity. For hepatitis b, about 10-15% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hbv. In contrast, for hepatitis c, 75-80% of patients with acute hepatitis will develop chronic hcv. Chronicity develops when the immune system is unable to clear the virus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short and long: Acute hepatitis is the period of initial infection in which your naive immune system develops antibodies to the invading hep a, b or c. If everything works well your body defeats the infection and the invaders are cleared from your system. In chronic hepatitis the invading hep b or c particles evade the immune system and persist in the cells of your liver causing longstanding damage. ...Read more
If the cause of: illness can't be determined through history and physical examination - that lab tests may be required. ...Read more
Sinuses are 4 : sets of air-filled, mucous membrane-lined pockets near nasal passages that don't develop fully until adolescence. 2 sets are small, but present at birth; 1 set begins to develop at 7 yrs. & 1 in adolescence. Suspect bacterial sinusitis in a child with a 10-14 day history of viral or allergic nasal congestion, fever, green nasal discharge & headache. See www.entnet.org/content/pediatric-sinusitis. ...Read more
Infection vs toxin: Viral hepatitis occurs after the virus gets into the liver where it injures the tissue while reproducing the virus.The areas involved cannot keep us with the regular liver work and symptoms continue until healing. Alcohol can be processed without liver injury up to a point. After that threshold is exceded it becomes toxic & the liver cells begin to die off & scar ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Acute hepatitis can be caused by many agents like viral hepatitis a, b, c, or e, other viruses, alcohol, drug toxicity, autoimmune diseases, etc. Hepatitis c is just one virus that can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis. Most people who have acute hepatitis with hcv will develop chronic infection and can go on to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. It is important to be tested. ...Read more
It often isn't so: easy to distinguish. Medical testing can hlep to sort it out. ...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
It's generally moot: Staph food poisoning is very severe, very sudden, and very brief. Other food poisoning outbreaks will affect multiple eaters almost identically. The gastrointestinal viruses run in small outbreaks in particular seasons. The two entities are seldom distinguished s they are self-limited. Salmonella and shigella might be cultured from the stool -- infections, not poisoning. ...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
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