Infections represent a broad range of health conditions that can be mild or quickly turn life-threatening, which is why it’s important to never ignore symptoms, such redness and swelling in your skin or fever. Prabhu Ram, MD, has extensive experience diagnosing all types of infections in men and women and providing customized treatments at his clinic, Ram Clinic PC in Norwood, Massachusetts. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
You develop an infection when foreign organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi, invade your body and multiply. Infections can occur in any part of your body and can stay in one area or spread to multiple body systems.
The following conditions are commonly caused by a virus, but some can also be caused by bacteria:
The following conditions are commonly caused by bacteria, but some can also be caused by a virus:
The following conditions are caused by a fungal infection:
A fever may be the first or only sign of an infection, but your symptoms will depend on the type of infection and its location in your body.
Pneumonia is an infection that occurs in air sacs inside your lungs. In men and women, it’s typically caused by bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, but patients with chronic illnesses or weak immune systems are also susceptible to developing pneumonia caused by fungi.
When you have pneumonia, you’ll develop symptoms, such as:
A mild case of pneumonia may cause cold-like symptoms that last longer than a typical cold.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that develops in the deep layers of your skin and the layer of fat that lies beneath your skin. It can occur on any part of your body where bacteria can get through a cut, ulcer, or skin problem, such as like dry, flaky skin. However, it most often affects your lower legs.
The symptoms of cellulitis include:
It’s important to call Dr. Ram at the first sign of cellulitis because it can spread rapidly to your lymph nodes and bloodstream, where it can become a life-threatening infection. When should I seek medical attention for a foot ulcer?
An ulcer is an open wound that doesn’t heal. Ulcers usually begin as an area of red skin that gradually breaks down and forms an open sore.
Foot ulcers commonly occur due to:
Foot ulcers are prime areas for an infection to develop. They also require prompt and specialized treatment to help promote healing.
If you develop a fever or other signs of an infection, call Ram Clinic PC or book an appointment online.