How Do Antibiotics Work?

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Antibiotics work by binding to bacterial cells and penetrating their cells walls. 

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Antibiotics are divided into classes based on how they enter cell walls and destroy bacteria.

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This is called the mechanism of action. Some antibiotics work best on certain types of bacteria.

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Mainly, these are classified as antibiotics that target gram-positive bacteria with a simple cell wall, and those that target the more complex gram-negative bacteria.

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Your healthcare provider may treat you with a broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

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but some infections may require a culture test to identify the specific form of bacteria. 

 your healthcare provider can prescribe you the form of antibiotic that's most effect against that particular bacteria.

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