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.
What Is a Blood Culture Test?
If your doctor thinks you have the symptoms of a serious infection, they may order a blood culture test. Learn why you might need this test and what to expect.
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.
Preventing MRSA Infections
Learn about the prevention of MRSA -- a type of staph infection -- from the experts at WebMD.
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.