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Bacterial infections

Bacterial infections can affect many parts of your body. Find out about bacterial infections, how they are treated and how to stop them spreading.

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What is the difference between bacterial and viral infections?

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

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Cefalexin (Cephalexin)

Cefalexin is used to treat bacterial infections. Read how cefalexin works; what the risks are and other treatment options available.

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Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that occurs to some humans and animals in humid conditions. The condition is treatable, but there are simple steps you can take to avoid getting leptospirosis.

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Abscesses are painful collections of pus that build up and get ‘walled off’ by your body under the skin or in other areas. Learn how to treat abscesses.

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Campylobacter infection

Campylobacter infection causes gastroenteritis, but most people recover in 1-2 weeks with rest and fluids. Learn about symptoms and treatment here.

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Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is an infection of the skin and nerves. It is rare in Australia and can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.

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Antibiotics revolutionised medicine in the 1940s because they treated infections caused by bacteria. Learn how antibiotics work and how to take them.

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Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Read about symptoms, causes and treatment of osteomyelitis, and how you can prevent permanent bone damage.

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Anthrax is very rare in Australia. It is a serious infectious disease you can catch if in contact with infected animals or animal products.

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