An antibiotic sensitivity (or susceptibility) test is done
to help choose the antibiotic that will be most effective against the specific
types of bacteria or fungus infecting an individual person.
types of bacteria or fungus are resistant to certain antibiotics because of
differences in their genetic material (genes). Infections caused by resistant
bacteria or fungi are not cured by treatment with those antibiotics.
Additional Information about CAM Therapies
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
The National Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM).
CAM on PubMed, a special subset of the PubMed scientific literature database created through a partnership between NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine.
PDQ® - NCI's Comprehensive Cancer DatabaseFull description of the NCI PDQ database.
Drug-resistant bacteria or fungi usually develop because the entire
course of antibiotic treatment was not completed. Stopping drug treatment early
kills only the bacteria or fungi that are sensitive to the drugs, allowing the
resistant bacteria or fungi to multiply and cause an infection.