What are the signs of infection? There are generally two types of infection, local and systemic. There are different, as well as, similar symptoms for each type.
A systemic infection is usually caused by a bacteria or virus. A systemic infection is in the bloodstream, so it manifests itself through symptoms throughout the entire body. Examples of a systemic infection is a cold, a virus, the flu, mono, strep throat. Signs and symptoms of a systemic infection include:
A local infection is an infection in which the entire body is not infected, only a specific portion or the portion which is affected. For example an infected wound or cut would be an example of a local infection. Symptoms of a local infection are indicative to the site and include:
-foul odor drainage
-heat to the site
The only systemic symptom a local infection can cause is fever.
Tylenol, ibuprofen or aspirin help for fever and pain. For local infections, keep site clean, warm moist compresses may be applied.