Infection Symptoms

Any infection symptoms will of course depend on the nature and severity of the infection. General infection symptoms are fever and inflammation.

Within this general infection section are links to multiple different infectious diseases and conditions.

Infections are typically caused by invading viral or bacterial organisms. They enter the body through several possible routes and multiply within the body.

The body has evolved defenses to infectious microorganisms for millions of years. The battle continues today.

Regularly a healthy immune system is able to detect and eliminate the viral/bacterial organism early or following a short course of infection.

However, a chronic infection infection may develop in which a stalemate is reached between the body’s immune system and the advancement of the organism.

In extreme cases the microorganism overwhelms the bodies immune defense or is not detected and/or attacked properly by the immune system.

The infectious agent may release toxins that cause harm, cause a general inflammatory response, and/or may destroy cells of the body.

Treatment of infections can be through several different strategies.

Prevention of infections is difficult, if not impossible, if the intent is to avoid all possible sources of infection.

The cheapest, easiest, and most globally effective method for infection prevention is good hygiene.

Washing your hands frequently is perhaps the single most important measure to avoid more personal infections, and avoid transmission of harmful microorganisms to others.

Vaccination is another powerful method in avoiding infections. Vaccination programs have been effective in reducing many viral and bacterial microorganisms to the history books.

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