Bacterial infections can affect many parts of your body. Find out about bacterial infections, how they are treated and how to stop them spreading.
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.
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.
Cefalexin is used to treat bacterial infections in various parts of the body. This page explains how cefalexin works, its risks and other treatment options available in its place.
Abscesses are painful collections of pus that builds up under the skin, in or between an organ. Find out more about abcesses on our trusted partner pages.
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.
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. Read more about symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of osteomyelitis.
Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin and the tissues directly beneath it. It often affects the lower leg, but can occur on any part of the body.
Antibiotics revolutionised medicine in the 1940s because they treated infections caused by bacteria. Learn how antibiotics work and how to take them.
Toxic shock syndrome
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) occurs when a bacteria releases toxins into the body's bloodstream. It's very rare but is more common during a woman's period.