How do I know if my fever is viral or bacterial?


A fever can be caused by various factors, including viral and bacterial infections. However, it’s not always possible to determine the exact cause of a fever without medical evaluation.

Viral infections are more common causes of fever than bacterial infections. Some common viral infections that cause a fever include the flu, colds, and viral gastroenteritis. In most cases, viral infections resolve on their own within a few days to a week, and the fever typically subsides as the body fights off the infection.

Bacterial infections, on the other hand, may cause a more persistent fever that doesn’t go away on its own. Bacterial infections can range from minor skin infections to more serious conditions like pneumonia, meningitis, or sepsis.

It’s important to remember that not all fevers are a sign of a serious illness, and not all bacterial infections cause fevers. If you’re concerned about your symptoms or your fever persists for an extended period of time, it’s best to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional who can evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment.

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