Bacterial Infection Most Common Symptoms

Symptoms of bacterial diseases vary depending on the type of bacterial infection, the area of the body that is infected, and other factors, such as the patient’s age and health history.

The symptoms of bacterial diseases can also resemble symptoms of other diseases, such as colitis, influenza, and viral infections. The classic symptom of a bacterial infection is a fever, although not all people with a bacterial infection will have a fever.


Bacterial disease symptoms can include:
Bloody urine and painful, frequent urination
Diarrhea
Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)
Irritability
Nausea and vomiting
Pain such as joint, ear or abdominal pain
Rashes, lesions and abscesses


In infants, signs of a bacterial disease can also include:
Bulging of the soft spot on the top of the head
Difficulty with feeding
Excessive crying or fussiness
Excessive sleepiness


Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition. In some cases, bacterial diseases can result in serious or life-threatening complications, such as sepsis or kidney failure. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of the following symptoms:
Confusion or delirium
Deep, wet chest cough that produces yellow, green or brownish phlegm
Difficulty breathing, wheezing or shortness of breath
High fever (higher than 101 degrees)
Inappropriate change in alertness or level of consciousness
Infants: sunken fontanel (soft spot) on the top of the head, lethargy, no tears with crying, and few or no wet diapers


Reducing your risk of bacterial diseases. You can lower your risk of developing or transmitting bacterial diseases by:
Avoiding contact with a person who has a bacterial disease or its symptoms, such as fever, vomiting or diarrhea
Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, then washing your hands
Defrosting foods in the refrigerator or microwave, not on the counter
Refrigerating leftovers right away and eating them within two to three days unless they have been frozen
Eating a healthy diet that is high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables and contains adequate low-fat protein and low-fat dairy products or other calcium sources

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