What are Antibiotics and How Do They Work?

What are Antibiotics and How Do They Work?

Let’s start with the basics here by first addressing what exactly antibiotics are. In short, antibiotics are medications that fight infections caused by bacteria (we’ll get into that a bit more below). They work by either killing the germ by attacking the wall of coating surrounding the bacteria or hindering its ability to multiply and grow by blocking protein production in the bacteria.

Viral vs. Bacterial

It’s important to understand here that not every illness requires prescription medications, like antibiotics. Your health care provider will recommend treatment based on the type of germ — a virus or bacteria — that caused your illness to begin with.

Antibiotics Q&A

Now that we’ve uncovered some great information about what antibiotics are and when they’re prescribed, let’s run through a couple of common questions about this confusing topic.

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