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Principles of treatment

We may treat an infectious disease in two ways: By killing the infectious agents By reducing the effects of the disease or reducing the symptoms We can reduce the symptoms in the following ways: By taking rest to conserve our energy so that our immune system can fight against the disease By taking medicine to reduce the common symptoms such as fever or pain and hence reducing the disease We can kill the infectious agents in our body in the following way:

  • By taking medicines that can kill them such as antibiotics or antiviral medicines.

Antibiotics aren’t effective against viruses?

Antibiotics commonly work by blocking the biochemical pathways that are important for bacteria. Thus these inhibit the growth of bacteria, hamper the metabolism and kill them. Antibiotics do not work on viruses because viruses do not use the biochemical path and use host cell machinery for making proteins.

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