So why may I need to take antimicrobials?

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So why may I need to take antimicrobials?

Some infections, like colds, will be cured by our immune systems. This may take a few days but we just have to get some rest and let our body fight the infection. However, sometimes our immune system isn't powerful enough to get rid of the invading germ and cure our infection. When this happens we need a bit of help. This is where antimicrobials are useful. They help out our immune system when it is struggling to cure an infection. It is important to know what germ is causing the infection before choosing an antimicrobial to use. (See the "What makes us ill" pages of this site)

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Date of Posting: 10/01/2003
Date of next Review: 15/01/2005

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Immunity; Immune System; Immunity Natural; Immunity, Active; Immunity, Cellular; Antibiotics; Antivirals; Antifungals; Antiprotozoals

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