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Infections

Description

The word infection is used to describe the invasion of the body by harmful and disease-causing organisms such as virus, bacteria, fungi, or parasites. The multiplication of these injurious organisms and the reaction of the host tissues are also a part of the infection process. The severity of an infection varies from person to person and both the host factors and the offending agent play a significant role in predicting the pathogenesis of an infection.

Causes

Known causes of infections are:

  • Bacteria,
  • Virus,
  • Fungi,
  • Parasite,
  • Protozoa.
Risk factors

Prominent risk factors of infection are:

  • Immunosuppression,
  • Direct contact with an infected person,
  • Direct contact with an infected animal,
  • Certain medicines,
  • Steroids,
  • Certain diseases leave you at a greater risk for getting an infection.
Symptoms

Some common symptoms of an infection are:

  • Fever,
  • Rash,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Fatigue,
  • Muscle ache,
  • Coughing,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting,
  • Headache.
Diagnosis

To reach a diagnosis, your doctor will take your detailed medical history, will recommend you to get a few laboratory investigations like CBC, Urine DR, ESR and CRP done, and will ask about the duration, intensity, associated factors, aggravating and relieving factors of your condition.

Management

Most infections are managed by administering medicines and by maintaining adequate hydration and food intake.

When to consult a doctor?

You should consult a doctor if your infection lasts for more than 10 days, if you start experiencing new side effects, or if there is a general feeling of discomfort or malaise.

Available Medicine for Infections

Chymoral Forte

Rs.204.23

AGP