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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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Dr. Tim Conrad
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Copd (Definition)

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


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Does Amoxcillin help both bacteria and viral infections? And can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) with Amoxcillin if need to?

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

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Can you tell me when does a viral infection become a bacterial infection?

Can you tell me when does a viral infection become a bacterial infection?

Never.: A virus is one pathogen and a bacteria is another. What occurs sometimes is that you get a cold, ie. Virus and then with the mucus you get a supperimpossed bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?

What is the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection?

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 more

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How do doctors distinguish between bacterial infections and viral infections?

How do doctors distinguish between bacterial infections and viral infections?

If the cause of: illness can't be determined through history and physical examination - that lab tests may be required. ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms of a viral infection and a bacterial infection?

What are the different symptoms of a viral infection and a bacterial infection?

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

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What is the difference between how viral infections and bacterial infections affect the body?

What is the difference between how viral infections and bacterial infections affect the body?

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

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Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Do children with Chronic benign neutrophenia also have problem fighting viral infections or have problem only fighting bacterial infections?

Bacterial only: Unless there is an additional immune disorder affecting lymphocytes, one would expect a person with chronic benign neutropenia to have more problems with recurrent bacterial infections and be able to respond normally to viral infections. ...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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Can high neutrophil count be a viral infection or is it always bacterial?

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

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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

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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 do you treat a bacterial infection in the eyes? How about a viral infection?

How do you treat a bacterial infection in the eyes? How about a viral infection?

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

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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.

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.

How do you feel?: These counts fluctuate wildly over hours. A cold long shower can up your WBC by 10,000. I trust you get checked for HIV. Be thankful for good health and stop worrying. ...Read more

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Had an elevated WBC at 12.6 with neutrophils at 96%. Does this mean bacterial or viral infection?

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 more

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Bacterial germs can penetrate the eyes, but viral infections in the eye are relatively rare. Why is this?

Bacterial germs can penetrate the eyes, but viral infections in the eye are relatively rare. Why is this?

Viral are common: Viral infections are actually common and are among the most typical type seen in young persons in dormitories, and armed forces barracks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral infection and bacterial infection? I'm currently having viral infection according to my doctor.

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

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more