A bacterial infection is an infection caused by bacteria. Bacterial
infections can often be treated successfully with antibiotics.
An infection may begin as a bacterial infection. Or a bacterial
infection may follow a viral infection that does not get better. When a viral
infection doesn't get better for 10 days or more, or when a viral infection
starts to improve and then unexpectedly gets worse, a bacterial infection may
be more likely.
A bacterial infection usually affects a single area in the body,
such as the sinuses, lungs, ears, or urinary tract. Common bacterial infections
include sinusitis, pneumonia, strep throat, ear infections, and bladder
infections. If untreated, a bacterial infection can spread to the bloodstream. This condition is called bacteremia.
July 10, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
We are happy to take your appointment request over the phone, or, you may fill out an online request form.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.