Antibiotics are medications that destroy bacteria or slow down their growth. You might wonder about why your medical provider prescribes antibiotics for some conditions, but not for others.
If you are diagnosed with a bacterial infection, your provider may write you a prescription for antibiotics. Bacteria are microscopic organisms that can sometimes cause the following infections:
A UTI or bladder infection results when bacteria gain access and multiply in the normally sterile urinary bladder. Bacteria infect the bladder by way of the urethra, a small tube connecting the bladder to the outside. The urethra is very short and opens near the vagina. These two factors make bladder infections very common in women. Men rarely develop bladder infections because their urethras are longer.