An infection refers to inflammation caused by the immune system’s defence mechanism (white blood cells). When a virus or bacteria is detected in the body, the immune system immediately sends out white blood cells to fight it and eradicate it from the body. The result is inflammation, and a whitish milky build-up we loosely refer to as infection.Because some bacteria and virus are resistant to the body’s immune system, they can continue to grow and multiply, using the body to colonize. This is when infection spreads. Various types of infections can affect and / or spread throughout the entire body resulting in tissue loss, gangrene, blood infections and even death.
There are hundreds of different types of infection, here are a few common ones:
• staph infection
• yeast infection
• ear infection
• eye infection
• beacterial infections
• viral infections
• urinary infections
• bladder infections
• vaginal infections
Causes of Infections
Infections can stem from a variety of different situations, most commonly through wounds where foreign parasites, bacteria or viruses have easy access into the body. Once in the body, the invading bacteria or virus attempts to utilize a part of the body for colonization and replication, resulting in the aforementioned immune system response. Infections are usually bacterial or viral. Knowing the difference is important when treating an infection.
Symptoms of Infection
Bacterial infection: A bacterial infection usually causes localized redness, swelling and pain in a specific infected area. Heat may also be a symptom of a bacterial infection. Bacterial infections tend to be localized along with symptoms (for example, when you have a bacterial infection on your toe, your toe hurts, swells and turns red, but the rest of your body is unaffected). Many (but not all) bacterial infections produce pus. Common symptoms of bacterial infections include:
• pus production
• localized pain
• localized spreading (when infection spreads, it usually spreads gradually to a location close by; finger to finger, ear to ear, etc.)
• heat (at times, the infected area may feel warmer than other parts of the body.
Viral infection: Unlike a bacterial infection, viral infections are systemic which means they can infiltrate many different parts of the body at the same time. A common viral infection is the common cold or flu, where symptoms are systemic (i.e. runny nose, aching joints, ear ache, head ache, nausea). Common symptoms of viral infections include:
• systemic symptoms (symptoms throughout the body
• fatigue (due to the body working to fight the infection)
There are many types of natural remedies and holistic remedies for infections. Depending on what type of infection you have, and where it is located, different treatments may be necessary. Make sure you speak to your physician before diagnosing and treating your own infections – they may be the symptom of an underlying cause. Common natural remedies for infections include:
Common Infection Remedies:
• Echinacea: Stimulates the immune system to fight infection.
• Andrographis: Used an antibacterial agent.
• Garlic: Common antibiotic.
• Wild Oregano: Immune system simulation to fight infection.
• Tea Tree Oil: Another common antibacterial agent.
Other Home Remedies for Infections
• Aconitum Napellus: Found in both pill and liquid forms, aconitrum napellus can be used to fight both bacterial and viral infections.
• Belladonna: Used to treat localized bacterial infections, taking belladonna can help the body fight the infection while reducing symptoms.
• Calendula: Used as a topical medicine or taken in pill form, calendula can help fight infections, particularly skin infections.
• Graphite’s Cream: Used as a topical agent to fight infections on the skin, and is most effective with cracking, oozing infections therefore helping as an impetigo and herpes treatment.
• Bryonia: Local infections that cause pain with any motion of the infected area of the body can be calmed with Bryonia.
• Ferrum Phosphoricum: Can be taken at the beginning signs of a systemic infection such as the common cold, greatly reducing the duration and severity of symptoms.
• Sulphur: Used primarily for localized bacterial infections, sulphur is great for red, burning infections with pus production or discharge including boils, acne and eczema treatment.
It is important to remember that there are many different types of infections, and seeing your doctor should be your first step. Ask your physician about possible herbal remedies and homeopathic treatments. Many doctors are open to suggestions and can give you additional medical advice based on experience, training and your medical records.