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Bacterial infections

There is more bacteria in and on our bodies than there are cells in the human body. They live on the skin and in the bowel, and mostly are not contagious or harmful. They are essential for good health. But sometimes they, or more often bacteria from elsewhere, can cause infections.

Bacterial infections can affect the throat, the lungs, the skin, the bowel and many others parts of the body. Many are mild, some are severe. Treatment is usually a course of antibiotics (which don’t work against viruses).

Bacterial infections can be highly contagious and so you need to take special care to avoid spreading infections by washing hands, covering up when sneezing and coughing, and not sharing cups and drink bottles.

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Bacterial infections - NT.GOV.AU

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Factsheet Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that usually affects the nose and throat. It is very uncommon in Australia but can reemerge when immunisation rates are low.

Read more on NSW Health website

What is azithromycin for?

Azithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections including, whooping cough, severe pneumonia, Chlamydia and typhoid. Find out more.

Read more on NPS MedicineWise website

What is erythromycin for?

Erythromycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections including, whooping cough, pneumonia and chlamydia. Find out more.

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Amohexal | myVMC

Amohexal is an antibiotic that treats specific bacterial infections

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Tetrex | myVMC

Tetrex is a broad spectrum antibiotic containing tetracycline hydrochloride. It is used to treat a range of bacterial infections, including syphilis.

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Tequin | myVMC

Tequin is used to treat bacterial infections including pneumonia. It contains gatifloxacin sesquihydrate, a broad spectrum antibiotic.

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GenRx Trimethoprim with Sulfamethoxazole DS | myVMC

Trimethoprim with Sulfamethoxazole is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, genitals, respiratory system and gastrointestinal system.

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healthsense Amoxycillin | myVMC

healthsense Amoxycillin is a broad spectrum antibiotic for injection. It treats a wide range of bacterial infections including E. coli and Salmonella.

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Chem mart Trimethoprim with Sulfamethoxazole DS | myVMC

Trimethoprim with sulfamethoxazole treats a wide range of bacterial infections, including skin, genital, respiratory and kidney infections.

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