Most often, common colds are caused by viruses, and the best thing to do is let the illness run its course. But if a fever gets especially high, bacteria might be to blame, and an antibiotic might be needed.
Your vagina, by nature, has a slight smell. But a strong odor – one that many women describe as “fishy” – could be a sign of infection. Here’s what you need to know about bacterial vaginosis.
Intense breast pain, swelling and redness may indicate a bacterial infection called mastitis, which is especially common in breastfeeding women. Here’s why it happens and why it’s worth a call to the doctor.
Cold weather brings a rise in upper respiratory infections — sneezing, coughing and stuffy heads. These symptoms and others bring a common request from my patients: Can I get antibiotics? The answer is not always yes.
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Discover how doctors determine whether your sinus infection is viral or bacterial. And learn four practical steps you can take to ease your symptoms.
If you think you’re getting extra protection from an antibacterial soap, you might be surprised to learn that these products offer no special prevention against germs — and may be harmful.
Did you know that infections caused by common bacteria or fungus found in your mouth and elsewhere in your body can sometimes put your heart at risk? Learn more.
The discovery of penicillin in 1928 paved the way for combating infections, which are a leading cause of death. But today we live in an era of antibiotic overuse.
Sometimes, you can take care of a sore throat at home, but it’s also important to know when you or your child needs to see a doctor. Find out what to watch for.