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Is Copd A Bacteria Or Viral Infection
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
Does Amoxcillin help both bacteria and viral infections? And can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) with Amoxcillin if need to?
No ma'am: Amoxicillin is similar to penicillin, but is slightly more broad, meaning that it kills a few more species of bacteria than penicillin. It is only antibacterial so it has no known antiviral activity. Yes you can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) but never exceed labeled recs. Both drugs are metabolized by the liver. Feel better!!! ...Read more
Different germ types: Bacteria are larger germs, and they can live in a broth or culture dish in a lab, or sometimes in soup, egg salad, etc... Treatment is with "antibiotics", but the exact term should be "antibacterials". Viruses are much smaller, and cannot reproduce on their own. Viruses have to invade other cells, such as our own cells, and use those cells to make new viruses. Anti-virals are used to stop viruses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If the cause of: illness can't be determined through history and physical examination - that lab tests may be required. ...Read more
Not much difference: Generally people recover from viral infections a little faster but that is certainly not always the case. Influenza and other serious viruses can take quite a while to recover from. Symptoms depend on where the virus is invading and can be very similar to infections. Bacterial infections tend to be more localized. ...Read more
Ggod question!: There are some clear differences, which one ought to know. Most virus infections cause a short illness of 3-5 days and then go away on their own. We do not have good antibiotics against the virus(this is typical scenario for upper respiratory infections(one of the common infections). Bacterial infections are more serious and definitely require antibiotics, otherwise you will get very sick , ending. ...Read more
Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?
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
Neutrophilia: High percentages of neutrophils seen in the differential WBC count can be due to viral infections, but are more commonly associated with bacterial infections, if due to infection. These are laboratory findings which must be interpreted in combination with the clinical picture and other lab and imaging studies. ...Read more
Please explain what differences are there in the (human) immune response to a viral infection vs. A bacterial infection?
Short answer: It depends on the individual organism. For example some viruses trigger the immune system to mount a cytotoxic cellular response in which the infected cell is killed. Some bacteria are killed directly by antibodies in conjunction with the complement system. You usually can't differentiate viral vs bacterial infection based on how you feel or what it looks like in the case of a throat infection. ...Read more
Wbc 4.9, neutrs 75% high ,lymphs 17% low and abs 0.8 low.what could this mean bacterial or viral infection starting or ending.worried?
None: There is no good evidence that the change in season itself is causative of infection. ...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
My dr said nothing but noticed last 4 wbc 5.6,6.4,5.7,4.9 lymphs 1.5,1.4,1,2 and last 0.8 low is this a bacterial or viral infection staring.
Had an elevated WBC at 12.6 with neutrophils at 96%. Does this mean bacterial or viral infection?
It depends: on the timing of the blood sample. Neutrophils are typically elevated w/ bacterial infections & Lymphocytes are associated w/ viral infections. However, early on in the course of an illness, and with certain stress reactions, there can be a predominance of Neutrophils as well. The most important thing to me as a physician, is the clinical appearance of patients. Discuss this w/ your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bacterial germs can penetrate the eyes, but viral infections in the eye are relatively rare. Why is this?
In general, is a low-grade fever usually indicative of a viral infection or a bacterial infection? Or can it easily be either?
It can be either.: Either.Get a more detailed answer ›
What is the difference between viral infection and bacterial infection? I'm currently having viral infection according to my doctor.
Virus v Bacteria: The simple answer, and not trying to sound flip, is that viruses causes viral illnesses, bacteria cause bacterial infections. Antibiotics can help with bacterial infections, but only some antiviral medications are available to help with the course of some viral illnesses. Most viral illnesses just have to run their course. ...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
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