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In what ways can human diseases caused by bacteria and diseases caused by viruses react to antibiotics?
See below: Each type of bacteria has its own special biochemistry and antibiotics work in many ways to stop growth or portions of that biochemistry so to kill the bacteria. Viruses work differently than bacteria and require different chemicals (antivirals) to stop their biochemistry and growth. ...Read more
Fungi are multi-cellular organisms that grow as yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. Human disease can be cause by fungi that grow as yeasts or molds. Some of these fungi live normally on human skin and do not cause symptoms. Others that normally live in the environment and can cause serious disease when in humans. Still other fungi cause less serious disease such as diaper ...Read more
Either possible: But this depends upon what you are classifying as "pimples". Acne may be enhanced by bacteria that are not necessarily causative. Some fungi can present with skin eruptions that may look like pimples. Staphylococci can produce skin abscesses (boils) that some will call pimples. ...Read more
Too may to count: Cooci, bacilli, and spirochetes do a lot of things and cause a lot of disease. i suggest you look them up in your library. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Mrsa abscesses can look a little like hives but often contain pus , are painful, can be very large, and usually only a small number are present. Hives usually follow exposure to antibiotics(sometimes the cause is in not known) or certain foods such as strawberries, are usually multiple small raised very itchy spots and tend to be multiple. As always, see your doctor for any serious illness ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mostly Bacterial: Bacteria are much more common, especially ecoli. Viruses are the rare cause of bladder infection in an immunocompetent person, while they are increasing among immunocompromised patients especially in hemorrhagic cystitis, a type of bladder inflammation. Bk virus, adenovirus, and cytomegalovirus are the main ones. No matter what, bacterial bladder infection is much more common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/streptococcus.html For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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