Common infections in primary care

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Common infections in primary care This is a list of some of the more common infections that are seen in the UK by GP's / Family doctors. Introduction Common Things are Common Viral infections causing, e.g. sore throats and bacterial infections, causing skin infections are common and a major part of primary care Most are self-managed without GPs However, GPs must also be alert to uncommon infections (e.g. TB, malaria) Role of the GP The PHCT / the GP is usually first port of call-patient with an infection Reassurance in self-limiting illnesses o Viral URTIs (not ‘trivial’ to patient) Recognition of serious illnesses: o Treatment / Referral o When to reassure, investigate / treat Types of Infection 1. Viruses 2. Bacteria 3. Fungi 4. Parasites 5. Zoonosis 6. Exotic Bacteria and Viruses
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What’s the difference? One of commonest questions asked is, “What is a virus?” after the GP has told them antibiotics
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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