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People Don’t Know These Five Uses of Antibiotics

People Don’t Know These Five Uses of Antibiotics

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives over the past 100 years. They are used to treat bacterial infections and are one of the most effective ways to shorten a hospital stay. However, antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections. 

This means that strep throat, ear infections and urinary tract infections are all treatable with antibiotics. So, why are people so afraid of using them? Most antibiotics are highly effective against bacterial infections, but not fungal or viral infections. When an antibiotic is taken for a viral infection, it does nothing. And taking it for a viral infection can lead to drug-resistant bacteria growing.

1. Use for Urinary Tract Infections

Antibiotics are medicines that are used to treat bacterial infections. They are prescribed to treat a variety of infections, including urinary tract infections, food poisoning, bacterial pneumonia and ear infections. However, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant to them. This can cause illnesses to be more difficult to treat. It also raises the risk of potentially life-threatening infections. 

Urinary tract infections are usually caused by bacteria from poo entering the urinary tract. Bacterial infections and inflammation of the bladder are a common cause of bladder pain. The infection usually starts in the lower urinary tract.

2. Use for Dental Infections

Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, but did you know that they are also useful in treating some dental infections? If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know how frustrating it can be. Unfortunately, toothaches are common, and can last anywhere from a few days to a few months. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease the pain, such as rinse your mouth with warm salt water, floss and use over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. However, if home remedies don’t seem to be working, then your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic. The reason is that many toothaches are caused by bacteria in the mouth. Infections get into the gums and spread to teeth and other parts of the body. Dental infections are one of the most common reasons patients seek medical treatment, and antibiotics are an important component of treatment. 

3. Use for Skin Infections

Drug-resistant bacteria have grown plentiful due to the overuse of antibiotics in everything from acne treatment to ear infections. These antibiotics directly kill the bacteria on the skin, but in the process, also kill the good bacteria on your skin. The good bacteria help your skin fight off bad bacteria. If your good bacteria are killed, the bad bacteria can grow, and you now have a bacterial infection. 

Antibiotics are drugs that kill bacteria, and are used to prevent, slow and treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics are also used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin, such as impetigo, cellulitis and boils.

4. Use for Ear Infections

More and more people are getting infections like strep throat and ear infections that are not responding well to antibiotics. Antibiotic use is considered one of the most important public health achievements in modern medicine. Yet, as with much of modern medicine, antibiotics have dark sides. Ear infections are both viral or bacterial. For the ear infections that are caused by bacteria, antibiotics are useful to fight those infections. However, you want to be aware that the viral infections will not be fixed with antibiotics and need other treatments.

5. Antibiotics Use for Food Poisoning

Have you ever gotten food poisoning? Many Americans have suffered through it, and each year hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized for food poisoning, which is a serious condition that can result in severe dehydration and, in some cases, death.


When people suffer from food poisoning, they usually get sick with vomiting, diarrhea, or both. This happens when germs find their way into the body, causing an infection. In most cases, the body can fight the bacteria on its own, but in some cases the infection can become more severe.


Food poisoning is caused when bacteria or viruses are found in the food or drink you consume. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections but will fight the bacteria that causes food poisoning. Many types of food can cause food poisoning, including contaminated meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, raw milk and milk products.


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