How to Differentiate Bacterial Infections

Most people often confuse bacterial infections with viral and fungal infections. While they may have similar symptoms, these infections differ from one another requiring their own specific and appropriate treatment. Here is how you can distinguish bacterial infections from the others.


Different types of infections have different triggers and causes. Bacteria are the culprit in bacterial infections. With viral and fungal infections, the culprits are viruses and fungi respectively.

Here are some examples of infectious diseases caused by bacteria:

• Strep throat

• Pneumonia

• Tuberculosis

• Bacterial Vaginosis

• Urinary Tract Infection

• Bone and Joint Infections

Infectious diseases caused by viruses are the following:


• Influenza

• Chicken Pox

• Common colds

• Hepatitis

While infectious diseases from fungi are as follows:

• Candidiasis or yeast infection • Fungal meningitis • Dermatophytes • Histoplasmosis • Cryptococcosis


The symptoms of bacterial infections compared to viral and fungal infections are localized and more specific. For instance, it may only involve the throat (strep throat) or the genitals (bacterial vaginosis).

Infectious diseases from bacteria usually produce colored phlegm or discharge, while those from viral and fungal infections are often colorless, clear, or cloudy.

Fever is normally present in bacterial infections, while it may or may not be present in viral and fungal infections.

Symptoms of bacterial infections are much easier to treat than the symptoms of viral and fungal infections.

Treating Bacterial Infections

Bacterial infections require a different treatment than fungal and viral infections. In fact, each of them has their own specific treatment.

Here are some important things you have to consider in treating infectious diseases from bacteria:

• Not all bacteria are harmful. In fact, the immune system needs bacteria to defend the body against bacterial infectious diseases.

• It is infectious bacteria and its multiplication that cause related diseases and infections. These bad bacteria release toxins in the body that harm the systems resulting with illnesses and ailment.

• Physicians usually prescribe antibiotics to kill bacteria. While the body may respond favorably with this treatment, it is not advisable for long-term use, since it can hardly distinguish between good and bad bacteria. As a result, it may also wipe out the beneficial bacteria bringing adverse effects such as compromised immunity.

• Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics. Some of them have already developed their immunity to antibiotic-based treatments.

Considering the above, it may be best to do away with antibiotics in the treatment of bacterial infections. The best way to treat illnesses and infectious diseases from bacteria, especially if they are in their mild to moderate stages (advanced stages may require medical intervention) is to restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the body.

Here are some of the things you can do to achieve this good bacterial balance in the body:

• Strengthen your immune system by improving your diet. Increase your intake of food rich in these nutrients: beta-carotene, vitamin C, and zinc.

• Detoxify your body naturally. Drink plenty of fresh clean water to flush out toxins. Stop eating processed and junk food, and shift to eating natural, organic, and whole food.

• Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables especially those that low glycemic and highest in nutrient density. Not only will you be able to prevent bacterial infectious diseases, but this will also enable you to keep your weight under control.


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