Treatments for bacterial infections reduce the negative effects that result when pathogenic bacteria get out of control in the body. Normally, people have bacteria living in different parts of their body. Some of these microorganisms are known as beneficial bacteria, because they are essential for good health. For example, those that are in the stomach and intestines play a vital role in digestion.
Sometimes pathogenic bacteria enter the body and get out of control. These bacteria are bad. They cause harm to the body and destroy tissues. They also start to compete with the beneficial bacteria for space and crowd them out. These pathogenic bacteria are the ones that are responsible for bacterial infections.
Antibiotics Bacterial Infection
One of the common treatments for bacterial infections involves using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the pathogenic bacteria. They also hamper the ability of these tiny organisms to reproduce or grow. Antibiotics may be given intravenously or orally. They may also be injected into muscle tissue.
Doctors decide which antibiotics to use based on the kind of bacterial disease that is being treated, where the infection is located and how severe it is. Unfortunately, some of the methods that are used in treatments for bacterial infections kill both good and bad microorganisms. This causes further problems. Doctors nowadays try to avoid using antibiotics casually because some strains of bacteria are becoming resistant to this type of treatment.
Women who have been on antibiotics sometimes find that they develop yeast infections because the antibiotics have killed many of the good bacteria in their vagina that were important for keeping conditions balanced. When those good bacteria die, the yeast (Candida) start to thrive.
If you are advised to use antibiotics by your doctor, it is wise to also eat yoghurt or take a probiotic supplement to help put back the good bacteria into your body. Probiotics will be very helpful if you have an intestinal tract infection. Your doctor will be able to advise you as to which supplements are best. If you are eating yoghurt, the unsweetened variety is best.
Foods with Antibiotic Properties
There are several foods with antibiotic properties. People who use natural antibiotics such as garlic may also ingest the garlic or grind it into a paste and apply it topically to specific areas of their body. Garlic is a broad spectrum antibiotic, and targets a number of different bacteria. If you are using garlic for any type of bacterial disease, you should also ensure that you take a probiotic supplement or consume yoghurt daily. This herb will kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria.