What Causes Bacterial Infections?
All types of bacteria are not dangerous. Your body contains a number of bacteria on your skin, in your mouth, in your intestines and other areas. Most of the bacteria are harmless and they help with the body’s normal functioning.
When reproduction occurs in certain types of bacteria, this can lead to injection of acids or toxins inside the body and this can cause an infections.
When bacterial infections are present in the body, your body activates its repair system (immune system) to fight off the infection. The symptoms that affect you from a bacterial infections are actually the responses of your body to fight the infection. In many instances, you have to take treatment to accelerate your body’s defense system and reduce infection.
Many bacterial infections are unnoticeable and you barely experience any symptoms. Only when your body fights hard against the infection, do you notice or feel the symptoms. Most of the symptoms make you feel lethargic and drowsy.
Certain infections on the can cause boils and pus nodules. Infection in throat and nose indicate problems due to bacteria in the respiratory tract. Similarly, infections in digestive tract can be identified with digestion problems. Once you experience these symptoms, you have to consult a doctor to prevent the infection from spreading.
Bacterial infections can be caused by pollution and contamination. Skin infections can develop frequently when you are in the and/or in polluted areas. Damp and moist areas are favorable for reproduction of bacteria.
As bacteria reproduce by a cellular division mechanism, they are able to increase their numbers exponentially. When you come into contact with contaminants, harmful bacteria enter into your body through various ways and cause infection.
People, who for whatever reason have a poor immune system can easily catch bacterial infections.
Bacterial infections in the digestive tract are caused by contaminated food and water. Even if you do not eat or drink contaminated food or water, you are likely to catch infection if you are expose to the person who is contaminated. Always wash your hands before and after meals.
Infections in urinary tract and genital area are caused by poor personal hygiene. You should always wash your hands after using public toilets.
Certain diseases caused by bacterial infection such as meningitis and sepsis require both immediate and continuous medical monitoring because the infection is serious and can be life-threatening.
Bacterial infections are generally treated with antibiotics. Bacteria are also living organisms and they have their own process for absorbing nutrition, multiplying and so on. Antibiotics are designed to hinder the bacterial reproduction process and prevent the bacteria from doing its normal functions.
Some antibiotics actually kill the bacteria and reduce their numbers. Other antibiotics may slow down the growth and allow your immune system to become strong and fight the infection.
Depending on the type of infection, different antibiotics are prescribed.
Sometimes, your body may not respond to certain types of antibiotics. You must make sure to follow your doctor’s instructions and take the antibiotic as directed. If you have any type of reaction to an antibiotic, contact your doctor immediately.
Your symptoms may lessen and you may feel better, even before you complete the course of antibiotics, but you need to take all of it, so the infection is stopped completely. By not finishing the antibiotic, all of the bacteria will not be killed and you could develop another infection that is more serious.
Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
by: Michael A. Schmidt Ph.D
publisher: North Atlantic Books, published: 2009-01-20
sales rank: 392611
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At a time when the numbers of emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply, the supply of new antibiotic drugs has been steadily decreasing. In addition, many health providers have failed to consider that our bodies are cloaked in a blanket of bacteria so pervasive that the bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of ten. In short, we are living in a microbe’s world and cannot ignore the very real potential for untreatable serious infections.
In this timely book, Dr. Michael Schmidt proposes we focus on strengthening ourselves by thinking of our bodies as a “human-microbe hybrid.” This requires taking action to raise our defenses, while preserving the integrity of the microbial elements that live on and within us. Drawing on the latest research from several scientific fields, Schmidt presents a strategy of medicine that can be used to build and balance our system of immune defense and repair. He offers a set of general recommendations that can easily be used to tailor programs to individuals seeking to support health maintenance, prevent illness, fight active acute or chronic infections, and foster faster recovery from infections.
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Researchers capture bacterial infection on film
Researchers have developed a new technique that allows them to make a movie of bacteria infecting their living host. : The insect immune cells called hemocytes (green) rapidly engulf the bacteria (red) following infection and this can be studied in real-time using timelapse microscopy. Press release: tinyurl.com