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Differentiate between the signs symptoms of a localized vs systemic infection?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
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In brief: Scope of symptoms

A localized infection is an infected hangnail, for example, or a boil.
Sometimes, a pneumonia can be a localized infection, as it is only located in one specific place, namely the lung. A systemic infection either can mean an infection that has spread to multiple areas and organs, or it can mean a violent reaction of the body to a localized infection, such as a pneumonia or abcess.

In brief: Scope of symptoms

A localized infection is an infected hangnail, for example, or a boil.
Sometimes, a pneumonia can be a localized infection, as it is only located in one specific place, namely the lung. A systemic infection either can mean an infection that has spread to multiple areas and organs, or it can mean a violent reaction of the body to a localized infection, such as a pneumonia or abcess.
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