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Doctor insights on: Viral Vs Bacterial Infection Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

What are the symptoms of a bacterial infection that I need to look for? And if have a viral what's its symptoms?

It depends: It depends mostly on the site if infection. Ifkr respiratory infections symptoms like fever, sore throat and cough etc are common to both, whereas most runny nose and nasal congestion points to viral than bacterial. If symptoms don't go away in 7-10 days, it generally suggests a bacterial superinfection, for which antibiotics can be prescribed. ...Read more

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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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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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How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

How can I tell the difference between a viral versus a bacterial infection?

Often timing or test: There are many different types of viral infections and bacterial infections so it depends on location. by type of infection: sore throat: bacteria can easily be identified with an office test. if negative usually viral sinusitis: after a cold is going on for 7+ days and getting better, suddenly gets worse pneumonia: doctor exam, x-ray, culture flu (viral): type of symptoms, office test ...Read more

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I've been sick 6 times this year with different viral/bacterial infections. Should i be worried about leukemia?

I've been sick 6 times this year with different viral/bacterial infections. Should i be worried about leukemia?

Boost Immune system: Frequent illness doesn't necessarily point to cancer. It looks like you have been on a lot of antibiotics and although these help fight serious bacterial infections, if used too often they can lower your immune system. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. When this happens in the gut the bad take over and the good cannot protect you.Then you get sick again. Probiotics, diet, etc. Can help. ...Read more

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Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Are bacterial infections more dangerous than viral?

Not necessarily: A viral infection could be just as fulminant, severe and devastating.The viral or bacterial load, coexisting factors, age of the patient, additional medical problems, etc ate more tell telling of the seriousness of an infection...Bacterial infection usually require antibiotic, viral infections are usually treated symptomatically, but could require antiviral meds. ...Read more

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What are some bacterial infections that are not viral?

All of them!: All bacterial infections are non-viral, but definition. Mycoplasma pneumoniae has similar features to both but is treated as a bacterium. Streptococcal and Staphylococcus are two other examples. ...Read more

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What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

What si the difference between a viral and bacterial infection?

Bacteria are cells: Bacteria are cells, they are living and have a cell wall. Viruses consist of dna, or RNA usually with proteins around the nuclear material, but they do not have a cell wall. Viruses are about 1/10th the size of a bacteria. Bacteria cause infection by causing an inflammatory response while viruses get inside your cells then replicate and cause problems.From the inside out of your cells. ...Read more

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Can viral and bacterial infections enhance one another's effects in the body?

Yes: A great example is a bacterial pneumonia that occurs after a pulmonary virus infection. A virus such as influenza, can invade the cells that line the respiratory tract, and kill them.In doing so, the "physical" barrier of cells slough off, allowing bacteria to now invade the tissue and cause a pneumonia. Also, certain other viruses can also transmit resistance genes from one bacteria to another. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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