FAQ - Bacterial Infections
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Is there a connection between bacteria in well water and getting bacterial infections?

My husband who has diabetes has been getting one bacterial infection after another. We found out our well water has nitrates and bacteria in it. Could there be a connection? Our landlord has made no attemps to put a filter on our well.

yes,of course  (+ info)

Can Viral and Bacterial infections work as a sort of team in the body?

If someone has a bacterial and viral infection at the same time and recieves drugs for the bacterial infection only.As the bacterial symptoms disappear so too can the viral symptoms . Can one be somehow linked to the other?

Viruses and bacteria are different life form, its like comparing a monkey and a goat. They have similarities but are different species.
It is possible to have both a virus and a bacterial infection at the same time but antibiotics will only work on the bacteria. they would have no effect on the viral infection. With the bacterial infectured treated the patient woiuld still show symptoms of the viral infection. Viral infections are usually less severe and self limiting;  (+ info)

What is the best natural antibiotic for bacterial infections?

and what can be taken daily to help avoid infections?

by infections i mean parasites or bacteria from food?

Olive leaf
colloidal silver
golden seal/echinacea
garlic  (+ info)

Can being anemic cause bacterial infections?

I have heavy periods and am anemic. I was curious if having low iron can cause bacterial infections. Thanks.
I know I'm anemic from my doctor. He told me it was from my period.

Generally not.

Anaemia tends to cause lethargy and in extreme cases may cause chest pains and trouble with your heart.

You would not be prone to bacterial infections unless your white cell count was low, or if your white blood cells (the infection fighting cells) were abnormal.  (+ info)

How do you get bacterial infections?

what is a bacterial infection, and do people catch them through dirty surfaces?

Bacteria are everywhere, everyone has some bacteria living on their skin and in their gut. Our skin does a really marvelous job of keeping bacteria out of the inside of our bodies. The first thing that usually happens in a bacterial infection is that you have to have a cut or wound of some kind. The next thing is that bacteria have to enter the wound, this can be in the form of dirt or almost any kind of debris like dust. Once the bacteria are in the wound they begin to multiply and die, the dead bacteria attract white blood cells to the site, the white blood cells kill the bacteria and accumulate at the site, you now have a pussy bacterial infection.  (+ info)

If j was tested for bacterial infections, can clamedia show?

I went to the er, and they tested my blood and urine for any bacterial
Infections. Could clhamedia show up in any
Of these tests?

No, you would need a test specifically for chlamydia to find out if you have that specific infection.  (+ info)

what are the sideeffects of using antibiotics even there is no bacterial infections ?

can stop using of antibiotics even there is no bacterial infection ?
i have been using it for past 3 days for freaquent urination and back pain..now my urine & blood result shows there is no bacterial infection.if i need to continue the antibiotics ?
the lab test do before drug starting.

You should ask your doctor before stopping the antibiotic and, if you're in doubt, complete the entire prescribed course. Three days is usually enough to treat a simple bladder infection. However, when the kidneys and ureters are involved (as your doctor might have expected if you were having back pain), you usually need a longer course of treatment (7-10 days), depending on the antibiotic. Were the urine and blood tests done after you had started antibiotics? If so, they might not show an infection even if there was one there to begin with.

To answer the original question, the side effects of antibiotics don't depend on the presence or absence of infection. It's just not a good idea to take antibiotics if there isn't proof (or at least a reasonable suspicion) for a bacterial infection because you're just exposing yourself to the risk of side effects, expense, and the development resistant bacteria without any expected benefit in return.  (+ info)

Is it true that most bacterial infections don't need antibiotics?

I remember reading some years ago that the human body is perfectly capable of fighting off most bacterial infections on its own, and that in most cases there is no clinical need for antibiotics, but that they just speed up the healing process.

Is this really true?

Yes it is true, it was suggested by a Lords Committee way back in the 90s that 50-85% of ALL antibiotics given for all conditions are unnecessary. But there are complex and important rules needed to decide when this is the case. Many conditions now have excellent UK guidelines on whether or not antibiotics are indicated. These conflict with many of the current US guidelines, which still promote their use more freely, however many European guidelines are similar to ours.

Unfortunately even though these guidelines have in some cases been in place for some years, they remain consistently ignored by the majority of GPs and hospital practitioners. I was fortunate to have excellent training under the auspices of 2 enthusiastic and scientific paediatricians in the early 80s, both of whom where ahead of their time. One would jokingly wag his finger and say " I prescribe 2 antibiotics a year and one of them is probably unnecessary!" This is of course OTT, but he made an excellent point.

Introducing antibiotics early in minor infections reduces antibody response and no immunity develops so at the next contact the effects are just as bad.

Respiratory infections, sinus infections and ear infections have all been shown to have very limit response to antibiotics, though there are certain danger signals and at risk patients where they should always be given.  (+ info)

where do yeast infections and bacterial come from?

why every time i come off of my period i get an yeast infection or bacterial infection? where is this coming from and is it something i can take to make it go away for ever?

my doctor told me that yeast infections can come anytime... but yeast likes to live in moist warm places so even though our "who whos" are pretty much always moist and warm trying to wear loose clothing and trying to keep it as dry as possible can help. Also wipe from front to back that will help with the bacterial infections. You can buy cream at the drug store but yeast infections pretty much happen when ever they want.  (+ info)

What’s the most common way to fight bacterial infections?

and also What’s the most common way to fight viral infections?

<>Good hygiene is the most effective way of defending against any infection. Proper hand-washing, regular bathing, use of antibacterial soap are all the front line defenses. After that, avoiding exposure whenever possible is the next best bet. If you are already sick, judicious use of antibiotics may work for bacterial infections, no drug treats viruses. Drink lots of water and get lots of rest.  (+ info)

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