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How are bacterial infections treated?

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The discovery of antibiotics for bacterial infections is considered one of the most important breakthroughs in medical history. Unfortunately, bacteria are very adaptable, and the overuse of antibiotics has made many of them resistant to antibiotics. This has created serious problems, especially in hospital settings.

Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, and many leading organizations now recommend against using antibiotics unless there is clear evidence of a bacterial infection.

From: Bacterial and Viral Infections WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Understanding Microbes in Sickness and in Health.”

MicrobeWorld.org: “Virus or Bacterium?” “Viral vs. Bacterial Reproduction.”

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Bacterial Infections,” “Viral Infections.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 23, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “Understanding Microbes in Sickness and in Health.”

MicrobeWorld.org: “Virus or Bacterium?” “Viral vs. Bacterial Reproduction.”

Merck Manual Second Home Edition: “Bacterial Infections,” “Viral Infections.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 23, 2019

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