About Virus, Bacteria and Fungus Types of Germs Causing Infection Symptoms

Bacteria, virus, fungus and other infectious germs are inescapably everywhere. These germs are the cause for your fever, runny nose, ache, pain and other signs and symptoms of your cold or flu misery.

Not all germs cause harm, but knowing more about the bacteria, viruses and fungus germs that do, will help you avoid their illness causing effects.

It is your immune system that protects you against these infection causing agents, but sometimes they make it across its barrier. When an infection causing germ enters your body and begins to multiply, your immune system immediately goes into action to it fight off.

Sending out white blood cellsantibodies and other environment adjusting resources in its effort to get rid of whatever is. For example, this is why your body reacts with fevercoughing and sneezing in its battle against a common cold virus.

There is a notable difference between infection and disease. Infection occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungus or other microbes multiply in your body. Disease is the resulting cell damage of this infection. It is at this cell damage point when your signs and symptoms of an illness are noticed.

Bacteria is a very small, self-sufficient, one-celled organism that thrives in a variety of environments. However, many bacteria thrive in the mild 98.6 healthy body environment.

Some of these environmentally content bacteria in your body are actually good for you, it is only less than 1 percent that are not. Take lactobacillus acidophilus for example, this bacterium helps you digest food, destroys disease causing organisms and provides nutrients to your body.

However, when the “not good” bacteria invades, these misery creators rapidly reproduce, many producing powerful chemicals (toxins) that damage tissue cells at the site of their invasion, and that’s what makes you ill.

Some examples of the sickness these bacterial invaders cause are:

virus is a capsule containing genetic material, even smaller than bacteria. The main mission of a virus is to reproduce. However, viruses need a suitable host to multiply, unlike bacteria.

So what a virus does in its invasion, is it takes over some of your cells and instructs these overtaken cells to make what it needs for reproduction. These host cells are then destroyed in the process.

Examples of these viral illnesses are:

Molds, yeasts and mushrooms are all types of fungi. They can live in your body, usually without harm and some offer benefits.

For example, penicillin is derived from fungi, and this “life saving” antibiotic kills harmful bacteria. Fungi are also required to make certain foods, such as bread, cheese and yogurt.

Other fungi aren’t as beneficial and can cause illness. Examples are:

You can prevent infection through regular hand washing, vaccinations and, in some situations, appropriate medications. Also, healthy diet, exercise and rest helps keep your immune system charged up and ready for battle.

Seek medical attention when infection is suspected and you experience:

  • a bite
  • swelling
  • 100.4 F or higher
  • persistent vomiting
  • breathing difficulties
  • over a week long cough
  • rapid heartbeat episodes
  • severe and unusual headache
  • a rash accompanied by a fever
  • blurred or other vision difficulties

Prevent the preventable by keeping your body’s front line immune system in shape to defend bacteria, virus or fungus invasions.

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