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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.

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What is azithromycin for?

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

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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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What are antibiotics and how do they work?

Antibiotics are medicines that fight bacterial infections such as the respiratory tract infections pneumonia & whooping cough. Read more about antibiotics here.

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Fever: self-care - myDr.com.au

Fever often occurs with a viral infection or with a bacterial infection. Normal body temperature is about 37 degrees C when measured by mouth.

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Syphilis | Family Planning NSW

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection that can cause serious health problems if not treated. Find out more information about this STI.

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Cefaclor

Cefaclor is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Find out more about cefaclor, the infections it is used to treat, who can take it, and its side effects.

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Azithromycin

Azithromycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Find out more about azithromycin, the infections it is used to treat, who can take it, and its side effects.

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Cefuroxime

Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Find out more about cefuroxime, the infections it is used to treat, who can take it, and its side effects.

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