Even the very word “infection” is enough to make people tremble even if they are not really sure what it is. It is understandable that not everybody understands what they are because there are several different types. They do have one thing in common however and that is they occur when something is living in your body that should not be there.
Because infections come in so many forms it would be impossible to write a comprehensive piece that encompass all matter of infections. There are, however, some basic things that can help in providing a greater understanding of them.
5 Types Of Infections
There are 5 classes of infections. From the name of the class you can get a pretty good idea what causes each one. There are some basic ways that each group in treated.
- Bacterial Infections. Bacterial infections are, as their name implies, caused by bacteria. Bacteria are single cell organisms that are small even by cellular standards. They exist all over the world in all sorts of places, even us. The cells are so small that there are more bacterial cells in us than our own. For the most part they are harmless and kept in check by our immune system. When they are not under control, the result is an infection.
- Viral Infections. These are right behind bacterial infections when it comes to being common. They are often confused as the same thing by people but this is far from the truth. Viruses are not really even alive though they do reproduce. What they are is a set of genetic programing that needs a host to complete a cycle, a host. There are many example of these but they include the flu and chicken pox.
- Fungal Infections. If you have to have a type of infection, this is the one you want. They do not thrive in the blood stream so the are found on the skin or in the lungs. This makes them easier to treat and less likely to kill you.
- Protozoan Infections. Protozoans work in a way not unlike bacteria but are much larger and more advanced. Because of the they can cause more serious infection as they have developed different ways to feed.
- Parasitic Infections. This type of infection is cause by the invasion of the body by an organism that needs its host to survive. Ringworms, mites, and type are types of these.
Killing The infection.
Despite the fact that each type of infection is very different there is still one systematic approach that can be used to get rid of the infection. Following the steps in order will lead to eradication of the infection.
- Identify. To kill the infection you must know what it is. Some you will not need help on, a tick for example, while other types, most bacterial infections, are a little harder.
- Medicate. Each type of infection will respond to one type of medication but normally not the other ones. Use the correct medication for you infection.
- Stay Healthy. This won’t cure an infection on its own but can help the medication by boosting the immune system. It can also prevent you from getting the infection to begin with.
- Immunization. Being immunized gets the body ready to repel future infections.
- Clean House. Keeping a clean house will help keep away infections by removing its causes before you get them.
- Regular Visits. Going to the doctor regularly can catch an infection before it gets serious.
You are always going to be exposed to infections. Most get wiped out by the immune system before they set up house keeping. Others, however, can infect you and be quite serious and need treatment. Having a little knowledge can help you avoid or treat them before they get you sick.