Can I Tell if an Infection Is Bacterial or Viral?

It’s that time of year again where illness seems to be everywhere. Even if you do everything you are supposed to like washing your hands and avoiding people who are sick, there is still the chance that you could fall ill a few times during the winter season.

If you do get sick, knowing what you are suffering from can help you treat your illness more effectively. When it comes to having an infection, that can prove to be a bit more difficult!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City shares the details about infections below. Read on to get the scoop.

What Can Cause an Infection?

When a germ invades your body and begins to multiply and grow, you can be diagnosed with an infection. Many different types of bacteria and viruses can cause an infection! Often, a sore throat, runny nose and cough are all common symptoms when you begin to feel sick.

Since bacterial and viral illnesses can be hard to differentiate, it can be difficult to diagnose yourself at home. At this time of year, common infections are the common cold, influenza, RSV and a variety of other upper respiratory illnesses—and many of them start out with similar symptoms.

Possible Infection Transmission

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Long-term contact with infected people

Can I Treat an Infection at Home?

It depends on what you have! If you are feeling sick, the best thing to do is to come by our clinic for a rapid test. We can help determine what you are suffering from in as little as 15 minutes. Once we know what you have, we can create a treatment plan for you.

For bacterial infections, a round of antibiotics can clear up your infection quickly. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not work for viral infections. For these types of illnesses, rest and fluids can help support your body while it works hard to get healthy again. In the meantime, relax and take care of your body.

Stop the Spread of Infection

  • Avoid people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay up to date on the recommended vaccination schedule.

Are you feeling ill? Come see us at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City for a diagnosis and treatment plan today.