How are secondary bacterial infections diagnosed?

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The first step in diagnosing secondary bacterial infections is an evaluation by a physician that may include a physical exam, blood tests, urine tests, or even x-rays. Your physician will already know if you are infected with a virus, and from that point, will work to determine which secondary infection you may have. A visual inspection may be all that is necessary, as is the case with sinusitis or an ear infection. Something like pneumonia will require an x-ray to properly diagnose. Blood and urine tests may be ordered in more complicated situations so the physician will be able to tell which particular bacterium you may have.

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Diagnosis Of Bacterial Infections

Diagnosis Of Bacterial Infections

Diagnosing a bacterial infection typically includes evaluation by a physician. In order to determine the type of infection from bacteria, the doctor will first perform a physical exam, looking at symptoms such as a fever, sore thr...

oat or cough. The physician may then collect blood or urine samples; take x-rays; and take a throat culture for lab analysis.
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