How Do Antibiotics Work?

Antibiotics are medicines used to stop infections created by the presence of bacteria. They not only kill the bacteria, they also prevent them from copying themselves and multiplying. There are many bacteria living on our bodies at any given time, and many of them are entirely harmless. Antibiotics target only the bacteria that cause infection in the body. Antibiotics can be broad-spectrum or narrow-spectrum, meaning that they address either a wide array of bacteria or a specific type. Taking antibiotics can affect digestion, as many healthy and useful bacteria live in the gut and make it a balanced and healthy ecosystem.

Conditions Treated by Antibiotics

Antibiotics address a wide variety of conditions. Some of the most common conditions treated by antibiotics include rosacea, acne and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Related Conditions

Acne Treatment

Acne is a condition of the skin that results in pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. Learn More

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradinitis supperrativa is a skin condition that typically starts after puberty but can last for many years and get worse over time. Learn More

Nail Disorders

A nail disorder can include any one of a number of conditions associated with the nails. Learn More

Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a rash that can form around the mouth. This often causes redness, swelling and acne-like bumps. Learn More

Rosacea Treatment

Rosacea is a condition of the skin that results in visible blood vessels and general redness in the face. Learn More

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss that’s caused by repeated pulling or putting tension on hair, such as wearing tight ponytails, buns, braids, etc. Learn More

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