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Is medicine always required to treat an infection?

Medicine is not always required to treat an infection. Different infections affect the body in different ways. For example, the common cold tends to go away by itself in a few days. But sometimes the body can't fight off the germs on its own. Tougher infections, like meningitis, are caused by different germs that can make people very sick. To fight off these germs, people need to take medicines.

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