Treatments for Bacterial diseases
Treatments for Bacterial diseases:
The first step in treating bacterial diseases is preventing its occurrence and spread. Vaccines are available to prevent some bacterial diseases, such as meningitis, pneumonia, tetanus, and rabies.
Prevention of the spread of harmful bacteria that cause bacterial diseases also includes frequent hand washing and covering the mouth and nose with a tissue during sneezing or coughing. It is also important to avoid contact with a person who has a bacterial disease.
Bacterial diseases are treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics work by killing the harmful bacteria or by stopping them from reproducing and spreading. Different types of antibiotics are effective for treating specific types of bacteria. General types of antibiotics include penicillins, cephalosporins, tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, quinolones, and macrolides. Antibiotics may be given orally, by muscular injection, or intravenously.
Sometimes an antibiotic that used to work in treating a bacterial disease stops being effective. This is called antibiotic resistance. This makes a bacterial disease more difficult to treat and can result in serious complications, such as sepsis, coma, and death.
Treatment of bacterial infections generally also includes rest, increased fluids, good nutrition, and may require hospitalization and intensive care, especially if complications occur.
People who have had close contact with a person with a serious bacterial disease, such as meningitis, may also need to be treated and/or monitored for the disease, even in the absence of symptoms.
Alternative Treatments for Bacterial diseases
Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Bacterial diseases may include:
Drugs and Medications used to treat Bacterial diseases:
Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment
or change in treatment plans.
Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Bacterial diseases include:
- Tetracycline antibiotic
- Doxy Caps
- Doxy 100
- Doxy Tabs
- Doxy 200
- Vibra-tabs C-Pak
- Achromycin Opthtalmic
- Achromycin V
- Jaa Amp
- Ampicillin and Sulbactam
- Ceclor CD
- Panixine DisperDose
- Coly-Mycin M
- Minim's Gentamicin 0.3%
- Genta Grin
- Terramycin I.M
- Netilmicin - Severe bacterial infection
- Netromycin - Severe bacterial infection
Hospital statistics for Bacterial diseases:
These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Bacterial diseases:
- 0.21% (26,806) of hospital episodes were for bacterial disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 49% of hospital episodes for bacterial disease were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 51% of hospital episodes for bacterial disease were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 89% of hospital admissions were emergency hospital admission for bacterial disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 15.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for bacterial disease in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Medical news summaries about treatments for Bacterial diseases:
The following medical news items
are relevant to treatment of Bacterial diseases:
Discussion of treatments for Bacterial diseases:
The last century saw an explosion in
our knowledge about how microbes work and in our methods of treating
infectious diseases. For example, the discovery of antibiotics to treat
and cure many bacterial diseases was a major breakthrough in medical
Doctors, however, sometimes prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily for a
variety of reasons, including pressure from patients with viral
infections. Patients may insist on being prescribed an antibiotic without
knowing that it won't work on viruses. Colds and flu are two notable viral
infections for which some doctors send their patients to the drugstore
with a prescription for an antibiotic.
Because antibiotics have been overprescribed or inappropriately
prescribed over the years, bacteria have become resistant to the killing
effects of these drugs. This resistance, called antimicrobial or drug
resistance, has become a very serious problem, especially in hospital
Bacteria that are not killed by the antibiotic become strong enough to
resist the same medicine the next time it's given. Because bacteria
multiply so rapidly, changed or mutated bacteria that resist antibiotics
will quickly outnumber those that can be destroyed by those same drugs. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)
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