Can bacterial infection cause encephalitis?

Yes but likely viral. Encephalitis, inflammation of the brain, can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, unknown causes, etc... Patients with identifiable causes usually have viral infections. Herpes types 1 & 2, epstein barr virus, varicella (chicken pox, shingles) virus, polio virus, coxsackie (hand-foot-mouth) virus, or mosquito-borne viruses can cause encephalitis.
Yes. Bacterial infections of the brain can cause encephalitis (there are several non-bacterial causes of encephalitis as well). A serious problem, may lead to death even with treatment. Patients with bacterial encephalitis will need to be hospitalized, intravenous antibiotics will be given, neurosurgeon possibly needed to drain infection.

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I have a bacterial infection, what factors could cause the infection to become septic?

Very rare. If you mean a bacterial infection in the vagina, it would be highly unlikely for this to proceed to sepsis, which is a serious infection of the bloodstream. Read more...
Several factors. Bacterial infections can enter the blood stream and cause bacteremia. When severe enough, the bacteria make the person very sick in a syndrome that is cause sepsis. Factors that influence this include the type of bacteria, the source of infection, the overall health of the host, and the presence of things that might weaken the immune system. Read more...
Infection in blood. Once the infection enters the blood stream you are technically bactaremic and have a strong potentila for sepsis. Read more...

My skin gets too dry if I shower more than once a day. Would that cause bacterial infections?

No. Dry skin itself does not cause bacterial infection. In fact, in your case by taking shower daily, you are likely reducing risk of bacterial infection. Many people have the dry skin, after taking shower, particularly in winter. You should apply lubricant such as petroleum jelly, or vaseline to the skin to protect breakdown of the skin. Once the skin breaks down, it does increase the infection risk. Read more...

What causes lung bacterial infection I am a non smoker?

Bacteria! By definition, bacteria cause bacterial lung infection. Bacteria respond to antibiotics while viruses do not. Viruses are more common than bacteria & cause typical cold which won't respond to antibiotics. Average cough illness lasts 18 days so be patient. Best way to avoid upper respiratory infections (uris) is to wash hands & avoid being sneezed/coughed upon. And don't smoke (which you aren't). Read more...
Bacterial contam. Bacteria spred via blood, but would nit target the les only. Bacterial contamination of a break in the skin from scratching, scraped shin or other opening in the skin. Wash ur hands & keep wound clean. Showers & plain ol soap r great. U can add a little antibiotc oint 2 it, minimal. Read more...

What are some possible causes for recurring bacterial infections?

A few. More commonly maybe the initial infection was never killed off properly, maybe, the host environment is conducive for bacterial growth, maybe the bacteria was resistent to the initial treament....Area of the infection is not kept clean.....To name a few. Read more...

What could cause continous vaginal bacterial infections?

Several things. Incomplete treatment comes to mind. If you didn't finish your course of antibiotics, you could have grown some resistant bugs. Although not strictly an std, it is possible that a sexual partner could have re-infected you if you had sex during treatment. You might also consider using a probiotic to replenish your natural vaginal flora and re-establish a proper ph. See your ob-gyn for more ideas. Read more...

What causes a bacterial infection to develop and can it keep you from concieving?

Bacteria/opportunist. Bacteria are basic opportunists.They grow & reproduce anywhere they find a source of moisture & nutrients, if a germ like chlamydia or gonococcus are introduced into the female genital tract, they can find plenty of nutrients along the linings. Over time they can produce scarring of the inside of delicate structures like the fallopian tubes & reduce fertility. Read more...

Can bacterial infections cause cancer?

Not directly. Several pathogenic bacteria known to establish persistent infections, can promote or initiate abnormal cell growth by evading the immune system and creating an environment that can result in cancer (chronic inflammation and production of carcinogenic bacterial metabolites). Helicobacter pylori is a species of bacteria that causes ulcers. If left untreated, this can lead to stomach cancer. Read more...