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Antibiotic

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What are some common antibiotics used to treat UTIs?

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Antibiotics Are Top Adverse Skin Reaction Trigger

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Immunity to UTI Antibiotics? (UTI = Urinary Tract Infection)

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Children: Antibiotic Resistance

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Antibiotic Resistance (for providers)

An antibiotic is a type of antimicrobial substance active against bacteria and is the most important type of antibacterial agent for fighting bacterial infections. Antibiotic medications are widely used in the treatment and prevention of such infections. They may either kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria. A limited number of antibiotics also possess antiprotozoal activity. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses such as the common cold or influenza; drugs which inhibit viruses are termed antiviral drugs or antivirals rather than antibiotics.