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Thu January 17, 2013 By:
 

why do doctors prescribe antibiotics as they do not cure disease

Expert Reply
Fri January 18, 2013
Antibiotics do cure bacterial and certain fungal diseases, but not viral diseaases.
Antibiotics block specific metabolic pathways found in bacteria. Antibiotics act by targeting such features as the bacterial cell wall, 70S ribosomes, and enzymes that are specific to bacteria. Viruses do not have metabolic pathways like bacteria and therefore antibiotics do not work on viruses.
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