Do I Have a Bacterial Infection or a Virus? Because a viral infection and a bacterial infection can display very similar symptoms, it is best to seek the treatment of a physician who can help in ensuring you are treating the right condition properly.
Bacterial Infection Examples
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
- Bacterial pneumonia
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Vibrio vulnificus
- Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori)
- Bacterial meningitis
What If I Am Diagnosed With a Virus?Unfortunately, when it comes to a virus, it really is best to just let the virus run its course. Of course, there are things you can do at home in order to help alleviate the symptoms, such as drinking plenty of water, gargling warm salt water if suffering from a sore throat, getting plenty of rest, and using a humidifier if experiencing congestion.
- Common cold
- Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)