Antibiotic Resistance Directory
Antibiotics are drugs that treat bacterial infections. They are often used to treat strep throat, UTIs, and other infections. Though many people think they help with colds, the flu, and sore throat caused by viruses, they do not treat these illnesses. Antibiotic resistance occurs when the bacteria have adapted to certain antibiotics, making the drugs less effective. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how antibiotic resistance is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
What Are Antibiotics?
Most bacteria that live in your body are harmless. Some are even helpful. Still, bacteria can infect almost any organ. Learn how antibiotics can help you get rid of them.
Antibiotic-Resistant STDs: FAQ
What can be done as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia cases rise and the sexually transmitted diseases become harder to treat because of antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotics and Colds
Antibiotics won't help your cold, yet many people assume they will. Here's why using antibiotics for a virus is a bad idea.
Flu Treatment With Antibiotics
WebMD explains why you shouldn't take antibiotics for a flu.
Video: Antibacterial Soap
Your antibacterial soap may be harming you more than helping you.
Do I Need an Antibiotic?
Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but sometimes they can cause more harm than good.
The White House’s Plan to Fight Superbugs
The White House has released its plan to fight superbugs, which kill 23,000 people every year.
Using Antibiotics Correctly
Sinus specialist Jordan S. Josephson, MD, talks about the use and misuse of antibiotics.