Infections occur when the body's immunities are compromised or weakened. Knowing which type of infection you have is the key to treating it effectively.There are two main types of infections, bacterial and viral. Bacterial infections are probably the easiest to treat, but they can also be harmful if not treated quickly.
Boost your body's immune system. Proper diet and exercise keeps the body healthy and functioning optimally. Adding supplements to the diet can also stimulate the immune system. Take extra vitamin C and B vitamins, and add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Drink lots of liquids. This will prevent dehydration if a fever is present. Water is a necessity, but fruit juices are a good choice too. If you do choose juice, make sure it's high in nutrients and low in sugar. Hot tea with lemon can be used to soothe a sore throat.
Avoid sugar of any kind. Bacteria thrives in an environment with lots of sugar. With sugar for it to thrive on, the infection can become stronger and more resistant to treatment. Read labels to find out the sugar content in foods. This is one of the reasons diabetics have such trouble with infections: the sugar in their bloodstream is so high, it's a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Keep your environment clean. Wipe down surfaces with antibacterial wipes and soaps. This will prevent others from catching the infection if it is an airborne disease such as bacterial meningitis. Bacterial infections on the skin's surface can quickly go into the bloodstream and become a serious systemic problem. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soaps to prevent further spreading the infection.
Take antibiotics. If antibiotics are prescribed, you can eliminate the diarrhea that often accompanies the regimen by taking lactobacilis acidophilus, a naturally occurring bacteria found in yogurt.
Be wary of any type of fever, especially if you are diabetic. This can be a warning sign that the infection has spread to the internal organs and can quickly cause major problems.