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what are antibiotics commonly used for?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Bacterial infection: Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
To Poison Cells: Anti (=against) + biotic (=of life) are poisons to certain living cells. Only 8 groups are known ; widely used to date. These started with the sulfa drugs, then penicillin, etc. A far older external agent, still used, is ethanol, which wealthy people, in ancient times, both washed their food in ; drank (in limited quantities.) like everything else, toxic/fatal if enough ingested fast enough.
Answered on Mar 21, 2020
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
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Also keep in mind that Antibiotics Never "Cure" infections. They are only a chemical warfare strategy, hit'em hard & fast, hoping to turn the tide of the battle. However, the immune system is far more sophisticated & infections rarely occur without some failure of immune defense. The antibiotics, if chosen correctly (difficult) may help turn the tide of battle, but the immune system still dominant
Mar 3, 2014
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
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No antibiotics exist for viruses because viruses are not living cells, just bits of DNA or RNA with a protein jacket. If a living cell (huge by comparison) ingests a virus, unpacks the internal genetic code & implements the code, then the cell's machinery gets diverted into producing thousands to millions of copies of the virus, slowly or rapidly, typically resulting in the death of the cell.
Nov 23, 2013

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