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Dr. Vance Harris answered:

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

Not much difference

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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.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

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

Different germ types

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

Antibiotics; time

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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.
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Dr. David Barrere answered:

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

Virus v Bacteria

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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.
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Dr. Jose Abreu answered:

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

Never.

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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.
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How do you know when a viral infection turns to bacterial infection? Still have sore throat, cough, been a week

If

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drainage turns thick yellow and green, you start running a fever or you are getting worse rather tan better after a week you should see your doctor to see if it is now bacterial.
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Dr. David A. Cohen answered:

Does brownish yellow thick mucous usually indicate bacterial infection?

No

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You can also have that type of mucus production with a viral bronchitis
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

Could amoxicillin antibiotic help with white mucus in stool. It's an excessive amount and I fear I might have a bacterial infection. ?

No

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Amoxicillin is not a treatment for mucous in diarrhea. Get evaluated by your MD
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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered:

Is COPD a bacteria or viral infection?

Neither...

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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.
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