Acute and Chronic Infections
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What Are Infections?
Infections are caused by the presence of harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and parasites in the body. These micro-organisms can multiply and cause an infection, which can range from mild to severe. Some infections may not cause any symptoms, while others may cause obvious signs such as fever, pain, or inflammation. An infection can be localized to a specific area of the body, or it can spread through the blood or lymphatic vessels to affect the entire body. It's important to note that not all micro-organisms present in the body are considered infections, as some, such as the bacteria present in the mouth and intestines, are considered normal and beneficial. To prevent infections, it's important to practice good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
What is an Acute Infection?
An acute infection is a type of infection that typically develops quickly and lasts for a relatively short period of time. It is usually defined as lasting less than six months. However, recent research suggests that acute infections can have long-term effects on the host's health, potentially increasing the risk of chronic diseases such as autoimmune diseases, allergies, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Some examples of acute infections include the common cold, flu, acute appendicitis, acute respiratory tract infections, acute kidney infections, and acute bladder infections. These types of infections are usually treated with antibiotics or other medications to help fight off the invading micro-organisms and alleviate symptoms.
What is a Chronic Infection?
A chronic infection is a type of infection that persists for a prolonged period of time, typically longer than six months. Unlike acute infections, the body's immune system is unable to fully respond to and eliminate the infecting micro-organisms, allowing them to continue to thrive and cause inflammation in the body. This can lead to a variety of health problems, including nutritional deficiencies, stress on the adrenal glands, and a weakened immune system. Some examples of chronic infections include Lyme disease, mold toxicity, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, Epstein-Barr Virus, HPV, COVID-19 and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). These types of infections can be difficult to diagnose and treat, and may require a combination of medications and lifestyle changes to manage symptoms and improve overall health. It's important to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have a chronic infection, as early detection and treatment can help prevent serious complications.
How Are Infections Treated?
Infections can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the specific type of infection and the severity of the symptoms. One common treatment for infections is the use of antibiotics, which can help to kill the infecting micro-organisms. However, antibiotics may not be effective in treating all types of infections, and they can also have side effects. Additionally, the overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, making it more difficult to treat future infections.
At Ananta Health, the approach is to strengthen the immune system so it can fight off infections on its own. Dr. Risk performs BioScan SRT testing to evaluate the overall inflammation and state of the immune system, which can identify underlying issues that may be contributing to chronic or recurring infections. With this information, a personalized treatment plan can be created to address inflammation and improve immunity. This may include an anti-inflammatory diet, Traditional Chinese Medicine and supplements to treat the infection. If you are experiencing an acute or chronic infection, it is important to contact Ananta Health office for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Can Acupuncture Help with Infections?
While acupuncture itself may not directly kill an infection, it has been shown to have immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects that can help to support the body's ability to fight off infections. Acupuncture can also help to alleviate the symptoms of infections, such as pain, inflammation, and fatigue.
Research has shown that acupuncture can help to improve the symptoms of chronic and recurring infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) and Lyme disease. By strengthening the immune system and reducing inflammation, acupuncture can support the body's natural healing process and improve the overall effectiveness of other treatments.
If you are experiencing chronic or recurring infections, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner who can recommend the appropriate treatment plan, including acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy.
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