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What types of infections can be treated with antibiotics?

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Most bacteria that live in your body are harmless. Some are even helpful. Still, bacteria can infect almost any organ. Infections that can be treated with antibiotics include:

  • Some ear and sinus infections
  • Dental infections
  • Skin infections
  • Meningitis (swelling of the brain and spinal cord)
  • Strep throat
  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • Bacterial pneumonias
  • Whooping cough

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The History of Antibiotics.”

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: “Antibiotic Safety.”

NHS Choices: “Antibiotics.”

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics: “When and How to Take Antibiotics.”

CDC: “Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 3, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “The History of Antibiotics.”

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: “Antibiotic Safety.”

NHS Choices: “Antibiotics.”

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics: “When and How to Take Antibiotics.”

CDC: “Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Answer.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 3, 2019

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