An infection is when an organism gets into
the body and causes harm. There are many kinds of infectious agents:
viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungus. These four kinds of infectious
agents cause most infectious disease.
Bacteria are usually treated with antibiotic
medicines like Tetracycline and Penicillin.
Viruses will not be killed by antibiotics. They
must be treated with special medicines called
antivirals. Medicines to treat HIV/AIDS like
zidovudine are antivirals. Antifungals like
miconazole and fluconazole treat infections from
fungus. Parasites are treated with anti-parasitic
medicines like Praziquantel and mebendazole.
Some infectious diseases have no treatments
that work well, others go away on its own. Some
diseases can be prevented by immunizations.
Immunizations try to make a person have an immune
reaction to an infectious agent. This is usually
done before the person gets the disease. Examples
of diseases prevented by immunizations are: polio,
tetanus, and pertussis.
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