Bacteria are everywhere, in the air we breathe, on the things we touch. They are invisible, but it does not make them less dangerous for us. To beat the enemy we should first learn to identify it. Bacterial infection symptoms are based on the location and type of an organism, which are important to know to provide an appropriate bacterial infection treatment. There are several most common types of bacterial infections, they are: respiratory tract, digestive and urinary tract infections.
Young children are mostly the subject to the first type of bacterial infections, which are respiratory tract infections. The symptoms of this kind of infections are the following. The throat becomes red and inflamed. There is a throat pain and a trouble swallowing, and there are often white streaks or pus on the tonsils. If an appropriate bacterial infection treatment is not provided in time, complications may set in. In this respect, it is very useful to know that coughing and difficulty breathing are common symptoms of bronchitis or pneumonia.
The other two types of bacterial infections are less common, however, sometimes even more dangerous. Digestive tract symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, are often caused by foodborne bacterial illnesses. Urinary tract infections: symptoms of urinary tract infections include a pain on urination, hesitation, dribbling or an interruption of urination. Blood in the urine may be a symptom of a kidney infection.
A great part of bacterial infection treatment is prevention. To minimize a possibility of getting infected while traveling, you should follow rather simple guidelines:
Sanitation and hygiene are the key weapon against any kind of bacterial infections. Around the world, water and unwashed hands are the main sources of the disease transmission. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before meals. This one measure alone could save millions of lives in the developing world.
The next best defense you have against infections is your own immune system. In fact, many antibiotics will not work if it is not there to help them. All those things you have been encouraged to do to maintain good health also keep your immune system in a good running order.
Take good care of wounds. Your skin is a highly effective barrier against most infections. When the skin is broken, germs find an open door into the comfortable confines of your body. Clean wounds and get medical attention if they are deep, long or ragged.
Vaccination is another defense against infections. The only trouble is that there are no vaccines against each kind of them. In addition, vaccination can take much more time than you expect it, since some require intervals of time between doses.
Nevertheless, if for some reasons all these measures turned out to be ineffective, and you or one of you co-travelers feel the above described symptoms, do not hesitate to visit a physician. Only a doctor can prescribe an appropriate bacterial infection treatment. Beware of the fact that you may mistreat yourself, since the selection of an antibiotic to treat an infection will depend on several factors. These include the site of the infection, the bacteria, causing the infection, and the allergies you might have to various antibiotics. Additionally, other considerations contain the severity of the infection, what drugs have been used to treat similar infections for you in the past, and the knowledge of what antibiotics have successfully treated a given infection in this very area of the country.
Regardless of the drug chosen, it is important to remember to take the entire antibiotic prescribed by your physician. Many people take their medication only until they feel better. It can allow an infection to reoccur with even greater severity in the nearest future. It can also have a potential to prevent a given antibiotic from working well to treat other patients with the same infection in your family or community. Each class of antibiotics may be used for a variety of infections.
Wherever you are and wherever you are going to, you should keep in mind one very obvious, still sometimes forgotten thing: your health is by far the greatest treasure you possess.