Healthy bacteria live on our skin, on the genitals, and in the intestines and are normally necessary for good health. Harmful bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria and they enter the body, reproduce and push healthy bacteria out, or even grow in tissues that are usually sterile. The common pathogenic bacteria can cause a myriad of diseases and include:
- Gastritis and ulcers
- Food poisoning
- Strep throat
- Toxic shock syndrome
Bacterial infection is treated with antibiotics that work by killing the harmful bacteria. Distinct classes of antibiotics are successful for treating certain types of bacteria. Depending on the type and acuteness of the bacterial disease and other issues, antibiotics are given intramuscularly, orally, or intravenously.
Fungal infection is a type of microorganism and is responsible for several common infections such as Athletes Foot, Jock Itch, and common vaginal yeast infections. Fungus infections are easily treated in most people unless they have a weakened immune system from AIDS, steroid medication use, diabetes, or chemotherapy. Treatment for fungal infection include antiseptic mouthwash for oral thrush, diagnosis, and treatment for diabetes and AIDS: in some cases eating yogurt can help restore the bacteria to normal levels in the digestive tract. Topical and oral drugs will include the ingredient Fluconazole.
As we can see, there is a vast difference in bacterial infection and fungal infection. The treatment for both is quite different; however, both are easily treated in most individuals.
Photo © ddpavumba