Bacterial Infection Information
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Common Bacterial Infections

Illness is an almost inevitable hazard of being alive, at some point we all suffer from malaise of one sort or another, fortunately the human immune system is remarkably efficient at combating these and restoring us to full health, except for bacteria, so we list the most common bacterial infections, forewarned is forearmed.

The human body coexists with many trillions of bacteria that live on the surface of our skin, inside our digestive system, in fact throughout the body, and whilst most are beneficial or at worst harmless, there are a few bacteria that have the potential to cause serious illness. Bacterial infections left untreated are a common cause of death in many countries, yet in most cases early intervention is successful.

Bacterial Infection

The biggest cause of death from bacterial infection is tuberculosis, a disease that kills 2 million men, women, and children every year around the globe ,and which is spread from person to person by sneezing, or thru saliva, and affects the lungs, but then spreading thru the bloodsystem to other organs. People most at risk from contracting this common bacterial infection are close family and friends, although extremely close proximity, such as is found in tribal villages and slum communities are equally at risk.

Another very common bacterial infection, particularly in the developed world is Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease that seems to occur most frequently amongst 15 to 19 year old women, and is fully preventable by following safe sex procedures, but has no noticeable symptoms and requires a urine test or pelvic examination by a gynecologist. Chlamydia left untreated can cause infertility.

Amongst the sexually transmitted diseases caused by bacterial infections is another very common ailment, gonorrhea, which in contrast to Chlamydia is very obvious when it strikes, exhibiting localized pelvic pain, itching and irritation, painful urination, and a thick green or yellow discharge, and in women, can also produce bleeding between periods. Gonorrhea however isn’t just restricted sexually active adults, newborn infants can contract the disease from an infected mother, which if not treated at birth can quickly lead to blindness.

Less well known, but every bit as common are the many skin irritations that can be caused by bacterial infection, ranging from redness and slight swelling of Impetigo, to the pus filled blisters and pimples of folliculitis. Left untreated many skin infections cause long term scarring, and in some cases may spread thru contact with eyes, mouth, nostrils, and open cuts to the bloodstream.

Common bacterial infections of the skin are rarely treated quickly, many people suffer from pimples and blotches that aren’t caused by bacteria and incorrectly assume more of the same. By the time an accurate diagnosis is made the infection has reached a stage where antibiotics are required, yet may not have been required if proper identification had been done in it’s early stages.

Many treatments for common bacterial infections are becoming less effective with every year that passes, the bacterium itself are evolving and developing resistance to antibiotic medications, and unfortunately with every evolution scientists are forced to play catch up, some even suggesting we may run out of options soon. This is probably the most compelling reason of them all for treating bacterial infection in it’s early stages rather than later.

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