Infections occur when a pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria, invade your body and multiply. In most cases, the pathogen infects a specific system, such as your respiratory tract or urinary tract. Some of the most common infections include:
Different types of infections cause different symptoms. For example, if you have a UTI, you’ll experience symptoms related to urination. However, if you have stomach flu, symptoms affect your gastrointestinal system. In general, you should consider making an appointment, for a possible infection if you experience:
In most cases, patients with infections have more than one of these symptoms. If you aren’t sure whether you should make an appointment based on your symptoms, please call the office for guidance.
If you come to The Medical Clinic with symptoms of infection, the doctor begins by performing a thorough physical exam and asking you specific questions about your symptoms. Depending on the nature of your symptoms, he may also order tests to confirm or rule out certain causes of your condition.
After identifying the type of infection you have, the doctor may recommend treatment. For example, if your infection is bacterial, you may need an antibiotic. If your infection is viral, the doctor may simply suggest rest and self-care.
Although it isn’t actually caused by a pathogen, psoriasis causes symptoms that may be mistaken for an infection. In reality, psoriasis is a skin condition that occurs when your body speeds up the lifecycle of your skin cells, causing extra skin cells to collect on the surface of your skin.
Some of the symptoms of psoriasis include red or scaly patches of skin, pain, and itching. The doctor can diagnose psoriasis accurately and also offers several treatment options for this condition.
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