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How would you know between a recent versus a chronic infection with a pathogen?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
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In brief: Timing is everything

If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic.
To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor!

In brief: Timing is everything

If it is your first time, and you have new symptoms that you have not had before, then it is a new problem. If you have had similar symptoms in the past and you have been treated for the same thing in the past, then it is chronic.
To make matters more complicated, between new (acute) and chronic, there is sub-acute. Either way, it is time for you to call your doctor!
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