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Infections are diseases caused by invasion of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites in the body. Bacteria are microscopic organisms that can be found in the environment or the body, naturally. Increased load of bacteria or pathogenic bacteria in the body can lead to an infection called bacterial infection. There is a long list of bacterial infections, some of them are:
Bacterial infections are caused by toxins produced by bacteria entering your body. These bacteria can enter the body through:
Following are the risk factors for developing a bacterial infection:
Symptoms of bacterial infections depend upon the site and severity of the infection. General symptoms of a bacterial infection include:
To reach a diagnosis, your doctor will ask for your complete medical history and perform a simple physical exam. Bacterial infections are usually diagnosed by sign and symptoms, to confirm the diagnosis your doctor may recommend a few tests, including:
The goal of management is to kill the bacteria, stop their growth, and alleviate the symptoms. It includes:
Surgical procedures are indicated to remove the abscess formed from bacterial infection.