What are Antibiotics?

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  • Antibiotics, also known as antibacterials, are types of medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. These are used to treat serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia, syphilis etc.
  • When prescribed, it is important to take the entire course of antibiotics which helps to prevent resistance developing to that antibiotic.
  • Antibiotics only work against infections that are caused by bacteria and certain parasites. They do not work against infections that are caused by viruses (for example, the common cold or flu), or fungi (for example, thrush in the mouth or vagina), or fungal infections of the skin.
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