Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Search results for: "antibiotics"

Antibiotics

Antibiotics revolutionised medicine in the 1940s because they treated infections caused by bacteria. Learn how antibiotics work and what they do and don’t treat.

Read more

Antibiotic resistance

Here’s important information about what antibiotics treat and don’t treat, an explanation of 'superbugs' and how antibiotic resistance can be reduced.

Read more

Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea on the rise

Many people with gonorrhoea don't know they have it, but this STI can cause infertility if left untreated. And cases of gonorrhoea are up by 63% in Australia.

Read more

Differences between bacterial and viral infection

Bacterial and viral infections must be treated differently. Misusing antibiotics to treat viral infections leads to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Read more

Allergic reactions to antibiotics

Some people have an allergic reaction to antibiotics. Learn about the symptoms and the difference between allergic reactions and side effects.

Read more

Doxycycline

Doxycycline is an antibiotic medicine. This page explains what doxycycline is used for, how it works, its risks and other treatment options available in its place.

Read more

Gastritis treatment

Treatment of gastritis depends on its causes, but can include antibiotics and antacids. You may be advised to alter your diet. You can find out more about treatments for gastritis by reading information from our trusted partner sources.

Read more

Whooping cough treatments

Whooping cough (also known as 'pertussis') is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways. Learn more about treatment options available.

Read more

Impetigo treatments

Find out how to treat impetigo, including self-care advice and how to prevent spreading it to other people.

Read more

Children's medicines

Children don't always need medicine to get over an illness, but if you do need to give medicine, here are some useful tips.

Read more

Gonorrhoea treatment and prevention

Gonorrhoea (also known as ‘the clap’) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Find out more about its treatment and prevention, plus links to trusted resources.

Read more

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo