What Causes a Bacterial Infection?
When our bodies are fighting an illness, that illness could be due to a virus or to a bacterial infection. But what's the difference?
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock would like to share some insight. Read on as we take a look.
What Is the Difference Between a Bacterial Infection and a Virus?
It's really pretty simple—if your illness is caused by a bacteria, it's a bacterial infection. If there's no bacteria present, it's a viral infection, often called a virus. Depending on which type of illness you have, treatment will vary.
Bronchitis and sinus infections can be either a bacterial or viral infection, which is why it is important to seek medical attention.
- Whooping cough
- Strep throat
- Ear infection
- Urinary tract infection
What Are Some Examples of a Virus?
The common cold and the flu are two common examples of a viral infection. These are infections that cannot be treated using an antibiotic.
Since antibiotics help rid the body of bad bacteria, they are not effective when it comes to a virus. However, there are other treatment methods.
Treatment for a Viral Infection
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Gargle with salt water.
- Sip a hot beverage.
- Take OTC medications as needed for individual symptoms.
Not sure whether your illness is viral or bacterial? Visit AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock today! No appointment is necessary.