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Is Trichomoniasis Viral Or Bacterial
Not if examined: If the discharge was examined under the microscope or sent for culture identification, then no. ...Read more
You don't: As a med student, many thought they could tell by the odor, but the way to be sure includes an exam with testing. ...Read more
Can trichomoniasis cause bacterial vaginitis or keep it reacurring? I'm wondering if I have it. My BV won't go away after 2 unsuccessful treatments.
Keep working on it: Even without trich or anything else, BV often keeps returning; it can be difficult to cure once and for all. Keep working with your doctor about additional treatment options. Trichomonas doesn't cause BV to recur, but it's reasonable to be tested to be sure. Probably that was done, but maybe only by microscopy of discharge. Ask your doctor about the newer and much more accurate trich DNA test. ...Read more
Parasite vs virus: Trichomoniasis is an std caused by the trichomonas vaginalis parasite. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (most often hsv I but less often by hsv 2). Viruses can not morph into bacteria or parasites. Parasites can not morph into bacteria or viruses. So the answer is : no. ...Read more
Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more
Virus: Measles (also called rubeola) is a highly contagious virus that is transmitted via the respiratory route. A person infected with measles can infect others up to 7 days prior to symptoms and up to 3-4 days after the onset of symptoms. You can prevent getting the infection by getting the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccination. ...Read more
Often very difficult to distinguish.
However, bacterial pneumonia is more likely if the patient is very sick. ...Read more
Cancer can be caused by the long-standing inflammation in tissues affected by certain viruses (i.e. Hpv, hcv) and bacteria (i.e. H.Pylori), but cancer itself is not an infectious organism. Learn more about cancer and bacteria here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cancer_bacteria
learn more about cancer and viruses here: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/cancer_virus. ...Read more
Pus and edema: Bacterial conjunctivitis is not common in adults but occurs in children more often. I usually will have much more swelling, pus in the cul de sac, and much crusting and debris. Viral conjunctivitis is often bilateral, makes the eyes red all over, and has a clear to yellowish secretion but not pus (which is cloudy white). Your ophthalmologist can make this distinction and given you the best rx. ...Read more
Different germs: Bacterial meningitis is bad and can cause brain damage (with bad outcomes such as deafness, blindness, inability to do everyday activities, . . ., and possibly death). The routine types of viral meningitis usually resolve by themselves, with the patients returning to normal. There are some less common types of viral meningitis that do cause damage. These are reasons why meningitis is so serious. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. ...Read more
Blood isn't best: What is best to diagnose would be a sputum culture and respiratory viral panel if you wanted to isolate the causative agent. A good physical exam and history should be able take care of you in most situations though and help to make sure you don't have pneumonia. Bacteria in the blood is a sign of a more serious infection. ...Read more
Yes: The history, clinical exam and spinal tap make the diagnosis. ...Read more
It may not be: Possible for you to distinguish between the two. ...Read more
What are the names of pre-melignant viral leukoplakias? I only know hairy and some candida? But it thought tht was bacterial
My boyfriend has pneumonia (can't remember if he said viral or bacterial). Am I likely to get it? (i currently have a cold)
Possible: If viral then always a possibility. Bacterial as well. Good hand washing and hygiene is always a must. Avoid tobacco as much as possible. ...Read more
What kind of oral infections are there (bacterial/viral)and how is testing done? What can I do to help my pain until second opinion because it hurts.
Where is pain?: Oral infection? As in mouth? Or including esophagus, stomach, small & large intestines, too? Somewhat moot to check for most viral illness b/c antibiotics won't work. However, consider checking for hepatitis if at risk, strep throat if sore w/fever & swollen glands, stool studies if diarrhea, etc. Best to go see your family doc for more thorough evaluation. ...Read more
I understand people spread bacteria&viral when scratch nose&don't wash. If they aren't sick is that still the case? If so, seems more pple would b sick??
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