“A disease caused by microorganisms that invade tissue”.

Ohh do I really need to read on!! It’s time we all learnt the truth about infections!!

A list of some of the most common types of infections, which have you or your loved ones experienced?

Common cold – A common viral infection of the nose and throat.

Flu – A common viral infection that could even be deadly, especially in high-risk groups.

Strep throat
– A bacterial infection that may cause a sore, scratchy throat.

Urinary tract infection – An infection in any part of the urinary system, the kidneys, bladder or urethra.

Cellulitis – A common and potentially serious bacterial skin infection.

Stomach flu – An intestinal infection marked by diarrhoea, cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever.

Pneumonia – Infection that inflames air sacs in one or both lungs, which may fill with fluid.

Middle ear infection – An infection of the air-filled space behind the eardrum (the middle ear).

Sexually transmitted disease – An infection transmitted through sexual contact, caused by bacteria, viruses.

What are the first signs of infections?

Well some infections have no signs at all to begin with. But most start with one or a combination from the following list.

Definitely worth contacting your doctor and getting their medical opinion it you show any of these signs.

Possible signs may include:

Fever and chills.
Very low body temperature.
Urinating less than normal.
Rapid pulse.
Rapid breathing.
Nausea and vomiting.

How are infections treated ?

Micro-organisms include bacteria, viruses and fungi amongst others. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics such as amoxicillin, erythromycin and ciprofloxacin. There are many different types of antibiotic, with different ways of working; the choice depends on the type of infection you have.

Watch this clip about Infection Prevention

Always keep a Stocked First Aid kit at home, at work and even in the car !

While First Aid knowledge is great for treating small injuries and incidents, don’t ever hesitate to seek additional help if the situation is bad or worsens.

Call your doctor, head to a hospital, or call 000.

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