The symptoms of bacterial infections that people experience vary depending on the type of infection. Symptoms of gastrointestinal infections usually include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. A person with a respiratory infection, such as bronchitis, may have difficulty breathing. A symptom of a skin infection may include boils on the skin.
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General: Symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the infection, as well as the parts of the body that are infected. In general, most infections cause swelling, redness, fever, and pain. Patients should visit their healthcare professionals if any of these symptoms develop.
Blood (sepsis): A bacterial infection from virtually any part of the body can potentially enter the bloodstream. When this happens, the condition is called sepsis. Symptoms typically include fever, severe shaking, low blood pressure, and coma. If the condition is not treated quickly, sepsis can lead to organ dysfunction and death.
Digestive tract: Bacterial infections, including those caused by Staphylococcus aureusor Escherichia coli (E. coli), can develop in the digestive tract if a patient consumes food or beverages that are contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. This type of infection is commonly known as food poisoning. Common symptoms of digestive tract infection include upset stomach, abdominal cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Respiratory tract: Bacterial infections can develop in the respiratory tract, which includes the nose, sinuses, throat, and lungs. Symptoms may include fever, chills, difficulty breathing, chest pain, stuffy nose, congestion, sore throat, increased heartbeat, fatigue, and general feeling of discomfort.
Skin: If bacteria causes an infection of the skin, common symptoms include reddening of the skin, swelling, pain, rash, blisters, and skin discoloration.
Urinary tract: Bacteria may infect the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) bladder, and tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra). Common symptoms of urinary tract infections include strong urge to urinate, burning sensation when urinating, frequently passing small amounts of urine, blood in the urine, or cloudy, strong-smelling urine.
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