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Do I have a Viral or Bacterial Infection?

infectionIn preparing for the upcoming winter, we begin to hang lights instead of pumpkins, switch out fall jackets for fuzzy coats, and take out our beanies with matching gloves. During this time, it’s important to remember that catching an infection is also common. Infections can vary, ranging anywhere from stomach bugs, sore throats, bad coughs, and colds. Infections can be classified as either viral or bacterial.

The primary difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection is that a bacterial infection can be cured with antibiotics, and a viral infection cannot. A few examples of viral infections include colds, flu, most sore throats, and runny noses. Bacterial infections can include strep throat, urinary tract infections, and whooping cough. Some infections can be classified as either bacterial or viral, including sinus infections and middle ear infections.

 Listen to Your Doctor

Following doctor’s orders and taking medications as prescribed is important in the healing process. One should only use antibiotics when prescribed by a medical provider. Overusing or misusing antibiotics can lead to negative health effects such as increasing the chance of antibiotic resistance and adverse drug effects.

How HRUC Can Help?
Our team of professionals is here to provide you with patient specific quality care in a timely manner to get you on the road to recovery. The benefits of choosing HRUC include extended hours-Monday-Friday 8:00 am- 7:00 pm, and on Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Choosing HRUC will also allow you to avoid that hefty ER bill and long wait time, with no appointment necessary!

For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/about/should-know.html

2017-11-30T08:34:52+00:00December 11th, 2017|Blog|