There are many different types of infections, some of which can be quite serious. The symptoms and prognosis of the infection can vary greatly depending on the underlying cause of the infection and the overall health of the patient. Many infections do share some common symptoms, however, so it’s important to be able to recognize them, especially if you’re travelling abroad.

Generalised Symptoms of Infection

Just about every part of your body is susceptible to an infection, from your skin to your eyes, to your organs. Infections can be either acute, meaning they come on suddenly and eventually clear up, or they can be chronic, meaning the symptoms persist for months or even years.

Many people experience generalised nonspecific symptoms as a result of an immune and inflammatory response. Some of the symptoms that can occur include:

  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle aches and weakness
  • Joint pain

Types of Infections

The part of your body that is affected by an infection may present with additional, localised symptoms. For instance, a respiratory infection can cause chest pain, coughing, sinus congestion, throat pain, and difficulty breathing.

Gastrointestinal infections can cause tummy pain, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Infections in the urinary system can lead to lower back pain, stomach pain, painful or difficult urination, and pelvic pain.

Encephalitis, an infection of the brain, nervous system, or spinal cord, can make a person experience severe symptoms like personality changes, confusion, seizures, and trouble concentrating.

These examples are only a mere snapshot of the different types of infections and symptoms that can occur. Note that this information is only meant as a guide and does not replace medical advice from a professional. If you have any new or unexplained symptoms you should seek out medical help right away. Even a mild infection, if left untreated, can turn serious very quickly.

Travel Vaccination Clinic in Northampton

Before travelling abroad, book an appointment at one of West Chemist’s travel vaccine clinics. Preventing foreign infections is the best way to protect yourself, especially if you’ll be somewhere that may not have adequate medical care.

Travel vaccinations are not covered by the NHS so book an appointment with West Chemist for your travel vaccines. We are also one of the leading covid travel clinics in Northampton, offering comprehensive travel services to keep our community safe on their travels.