Are vaccines used to treat viruses or bacteria?
Vaccines don't actually treat either one. Vaccines are used to PREVENT disease. Most vaccines protect against viruses, but there are some for bacteria, as well.
Asked in Science, Downloader Viruses, Chemistry
Determine how some viruses might be helpful.?
Asked in Bacteria
Why do most drugs used to treat bacteria not treat viruses?
Asked in Biology, Vaccinations
Are vaccines only used for viruses?
I'm not an expert, but from what I can gather, vaccinations are used for both virus' and pathogenic bacteria (harmful bacteria). Vaccines contain a section/segment of the virus or bacteria (for example a flagella) to infect the body. The body then produces memory cells so that the body has an immunity against the virus or bacteria (note that this immunity may not last a lifetime).
Asked in Medication and Drugs, Antibiotics
Why aren't antibiotics such as penicillin or vancomycin against viruses?
Antibiotics are much different than antivirals, and they cannot be used in place of the other. Bacteria and viruses are completely different "organisms". They do not look or act the same. Antibiotics cannot treat viruses because viruses are nothing like bacteria. For example, some antibiotics kill bacteria by keeping he bacteria from reproducing. Viruses, on the other hand, can't reproduce by themselves. They need to infect bacteria or other types of cells, where they can reprogram the cell to create copies of the virus. How would an antibiotic which keeps bacteria from growing possibly inhibit the growth of viruses which do not reproduce in the same way? Answer: they can't. Antiviral medications treat viral infections. In the same way that antibacterials cannot be used to treat viral infections, antiviral medications cannot be used to treat bacterial infections.
Asked in Microbiology, Biotechnology
How are bacteria and viruses used in biotechnology?
Asked in HIV and AIDS
Why cant antibiotics be used to to treat hiv or aids?
Why do most drugs that kill bacteria cant be used to treat viral infections?
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. They work by attacking a different part of the bacteria to help the immune system get rid of the infection. The parts of bacteria are different from viruses, so the drugs wouldn't work on a virus. Likewise, drugs that work on certain viral or bacterial parts wouldn't work on bacteria or viruses that don't have that specific component.
Asked in Microbiology
What are the beneficial effects of viruses?
Asked in Antibiotics
Why can antibiotics be used to treat Syphilis but not herpes?
What is the difference between vaccination and antibiotics?
Anti means against. Bios means life. An antibiotic kills bacteria or viruses. Antibiotics do nothing for prevention from infection with the same organism again and can, in fact, interfere with the body producing active immunity from a disease. Vaccines are intended to stimulate the body to produce active immunity by making antibodies to bacteria or viruses. Vaccines do not necessarily prevent the organism from entering the body but they teach the immune system to make antibodies to fight the organism. Antiviral drugs fight viruses. Most viruses are not independent organisms. They require a human cell to grow in. Bacteria are complete organisms. Most antibiotics are made to kill bacteria.
What are the treatments for a virus and a bacteria?
Asked in Swine Flu (H1N1/09)
Why can't drugs that are used to kill bacteria be used to kill Viruses?
Asked in Cold and Flu, Antibiotics, Bacteria
Why can antibiotics treat flu-like symptoms caused by bacteria but are ineffective against flu?
Because the way antibiotics treat those symptoms is by killing the bacteria that cause them. If the symptoms are caused by viruses, then antibiotics can't help since they are not made to be able to "kill" viruses, just bacteria. Flu viruses are not really living organisms like bacteria are. So viruses must be inactivated rather than killed. Antibiotics can neither kill nor inactivate viruses. They are created to be used to kill only specific bacteria, they do not kill every kind of bacteria, either. That is why there are so many different kinds of antibiotics. Antibiotics can treat flu-like symptoms caused by some bacteria, because the right antibiotics can kill bacteria. So although flu like symptoms are similar to those of the flu, they are caused by different microbes so are not cured in the same way.
Asked in Biology, Drug Side Effects
What are two effective uses of bacteria in the pharmaceutical world?
Why can't we use antibiotic to treat the disease caused by viruse?
Antibiotics can't be used to treat viral diseases or conditions because antibiotics just aren't affective against viruses. Bacteria and viruses are different things. Bacteria are living things that can be killed, they reproduce asexually via binary fission. Basically that means that one bacteria cell splits into two and then those two turn into separate bacterial cells. Viruses replicate themselves by injecting a healthy cell with their DNA or RNA. One of the weird things about viruses, though, is that they are not alive. Antibiotics, depending on the specific antibiotic, are designed either to kill bacteria, or prevent them from multiplying. However, since viruses and bacteria are completely different even down to the way they reproduce, antibiotics are useless against viruses.