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Do both viral and bacterial infections cause a fever?

Do both viral and bacterial infections cause a fever?

Yes: Fever is your body's response to foreign invaders whether bacterial or viral. A good high fever makes it harder for the infection to grow and spread in your body. Respect the fever. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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


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How do you know when a viral flu turns into a bacterial infection ?

How do you know when a viral flu turns into a bacterial infection ?

Flu : The general time from is 7 to 10 days of symptoms not improving or worsening. ...Read more

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If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

If in chemo, with low white cell counts & bacterial infections, is having no fever a symptom of low white cell counts or infections are under control?

See below: Neutropenic patients with infection frequently have fever which indicates the need for immediate treatment. Successful antibiotic treatment will often cause the fever to resolve. Sometimes the fever does not resolve until bone marrow recovery has occurred. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a bacterial infection without a fever?

Is it possible to have a bacterial infection without a fever?

Yes it is possible: There are several bacterial infections where patient may have no fever rather other subtle findings such as weight loss. Also elderly patients have blunted febrile response. Patients with compromised immune status such as patients with cancer or on chemotherapy may not also manifest a temperature spike due an infection. ...Read more

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What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

Strep: Scarlet fever is a rash produced by a toxin secreted by group a strep usually when they are causing strep throat. The rash is red, feels like sandpaper, may predominate in creases in the skin, there is sparing around the outside of the mouth (circumoral pallor), and it blanches with pressure. ...Read more

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2 weeks of fever diarreah and told I had a bacterial infection now five days of mucous and tissue along with streaks of blood . Is this a emergency situation?

Colitis?: If the doctor thought you have a bacterial infection, she probably prescribed an antibiotic. If so, it should be better by now. There are other problems that could cause these symptoms, such as inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease), diverticulitis, and others. Probably not an emergency unless there's lots of blood, but contact your doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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What is the bacterial infection called scarlet fever from?

What is the bacterial infection called scarlet fever from?

Group A strep: Scarlet fever is caused by infection with group a streptococci, the same bacteria that causes "strep throat". In scarlet fever, the strep bacteria releases a toxin that gives you the generalized sandpaper- like rash. Most patients will also have a sore throat, fever, and enlarged cervical lymph nodes. The treatment for scarlet fever is the same as strep throat-antibiotics such as penicillin. ...Read more

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If you get a bacterial infection..will you have a fever right away as a symptom, or does a fever develop after some time of having the infection. ??

If you get a bacterial infection..will you have a fever right away as a symptom, or does a fever develop after some time of having the infection. ??

Fever is Good: Fever can occur as your immune system recognizes there is a threat. Fever is your bodies process to help fight infection and may occur most any time your body feels it needs to help reduce your risk of spreading the infection internally. ...Read more

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Bacterial infection/common cold? How do you know? I go to the dr's tomorrow for my cold and ears. Been sick for week now. No fever at all thru cold

Bacterial infection/common cold? How do you know? I go to the dr's tomorrow for my cold and ears. Been sick for week now. No fever at all thru cold

Culture: Culturing any nasal discharge &/or throat swabs will help identify if it is bacterial as well as a strep screen and gram stain. If all negative usually viral, . ...Read more

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Notice pattern: approx. Every 5-6 months vomiting, fever, chills, lightheaded, lasts for approx. 24hrs then gone - bacterial infection?

Notice pattern: approx. Every 5-6 months vomiting, fever, chills, lightheaded, lasts for approx. 24hrs then gone - bacterial infection?

As above: U. Symptoms would require detailed evaluation and work up , to establish correct diagnoses and treatment. ...Read more

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What tha show all bacterial infection show in blood culture (fever investigation) for example tonsillitis?

What tha show all bacterial infection show in blood culture (fever investigation) for example tonsillitis?

Blood culture: Will only show bacterial that has disseminated hemategenously. Localised bacterial infections do not show up in the blood like pharyngitis, abcess, tonsilitis,pneumonia, UTi unless bacteremia or sepsis is present ...Read more

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Kidney pain, chills, fever. Had urine culture. Result: bacterial infection. But, where is infection? Bladder? Kidney? Bacterial UTI?

Kidney pain, chills, fever. Had urine culture. Result: bacterial infection. But, where is infection? Bladder? Kidney? Bacterial UTI?

Kidney I bet: Probably ascended from the bladder. Ask your physician about whether there is anything you can do to prevent future infections, or whether there may be an underlying problem putting you at risk. ...Read more

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My friend made me drink his urine and after few week i got a fever and after a full blood count doctors said that it might be a bacterial infection...i.assume my friend has hiv...im wo dering if i have a possibility of getting hiv?

My friend made me drink his urine and after few week i got a fever and after a full blood count doctors said that it might be a bacterial infection...i.assume my friend has hiv...im wo dering if i have a possibility of getting hiv?

Urine exposure: This doesn't sound pleasant - drinking someone else's urine. However, it shouldn't be a 'real risk' for HIV/AIDS. That comes from having sex with an infected person or shooting drugs. Unless you have more to the story, I don't think you would have contracted HIV from this incident. Also, it seems extremely unlike you got an infection from the urine either. Talk to an ID doc for more answers. ...Read more

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I have fever and throat pain. My blood results showed I have bacterial infection. Will it heal by itself or should I take medication all the time?

I have fever and throat pain. My blood results showed I have bacterial infection. Will it heal by itself or should I take medication all the time?

Medication now: I am assuming your doctor has started you on antibiotic if not , you need to get some. You will not be on this forever only for a few days as long as the bug you have responds to the antibiotic. Adequate hydration and rest. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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Elderly dementia pt w/catheter due to enlarged prostate blocking urination. Pt now has (high) fever probably due to bacterial infection. What is Tx?

Elderly dementia pt w/catheter due to enlarged prostate blocking urination.  Pt now has (high) fever probably due to bacterial infection.  What is Tx?

Be evaluated now...: Running fever with indwelling catheter in an elderly deserves an urgent attention for evaluation & counseling so to make sure of no sepsis, catheter obstruction, urethral damage, etc. and to plan how to take care of his bladder function and possible spontaneous voiding-a matter of when & how. More? Seek evaluation/ counseling now, or contact www.healthtap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC as keycode to login ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more