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Phoenix, AZ
A 17-year-old male asked:

What is bacteria

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Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Microscopic organism: Bacteria are microscopic organisms that are all over our world. There are many, many different kinds. Some of them are helpful to us, like the ones that inhabit our digestive tract and help digest our food. Some of them cause deadly diseases. They can be transmitted in a variety of ways. Some of them can be killed by certain antibiotics, but not all.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What bacteria do sandboxes have?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Toxoplasmosis : Sand boxes are frequently used by cats like a litter box. Cat excrement can spread the protozoan pathogen toxoplasmosis.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What kills bacteria?

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Dr. Steven Fine
Infectious Disease 32 years experience
Antibiotics, soap: Antibiotics kill bacteria inside the body, but different ones kill different types of bacteria. Soap or alcohol hand gel kills most of them on the skin, alcohol and high temperatures (oven or flame) kill bacteria on surfaces.
Atlanta, GA
A 43-year-old female asked:

What are coccoid bacteria?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 18 years experience
Bacteria : Bacteria are single cell organisms that live in synchrony with our bodies and outside of our bodies. They can be both helpful (symbiotic) and harmful (pathologic) depending on context. Cocci or cocciod bacteria are named for their shape (round), but do not refer to a specific organism.
Fort Worth, TX
A 50-year-old female asked:

What's a bacteria virus?

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Dr. Jason Stokes
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Different: Bacteria are small microbes. Infections from bacteria are treated with antibiotics. Viruses are smaller than bacteria and are not treated with antibiotics. There is no such entity as a bacteria virus. They are different things.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How can bacteria be helpful?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Good bacteria: are essential to our gastrointestinal system. Healthy bacteria can also be found in the vagina.

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