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Can alternative treatments help secondary bacterial infections?

The most common alternative treatment for secondary bacterial infections is merely staying at home and resting. Time and a strong immune system, will take care of an infection - it just may take longer than it would with the addition of an antibiotic. As dehydration may occur, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids. Another option - although unproven - may be the ingestion of probiotics. Probiotics encourage the development of "good" bacteria in the body, which may halt the growth of infectious bacteria; they may also boost the body's natural defenses. Researchers are currently exploring the benefits of probiotics, which come in yogurt, milk, miso, some soy products, and some juices.

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