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How do medications treat infections?

Different medications treat different infections in various ways. Antiviral drugs, for example, may work to boost your immune system's response to the infection rather than actually attacking the viral infection itself. Antibiotics will attack a bacterial infection. This method, however, can cause bacteria to mutate and become resistant to the drugs. Drugs for parasitic infections generally attack and kill the parasite. Fungal infections are usually treated with antifungal drugs, which attack the fungi.

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