Tetracycline: the effective and versatile antibiotic

Tetracycline antibiotics are commonly used for the treatment of infections caused by bacteria. These bacterial infections include a wide range of conditions like pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections, infections of the skin, genitals and urinary tracts. Tetracycline is also very effective as an acne treatment.

By hindering the bacteria’s ability to produce proteins that they need to survive and multiply, a Tetracycline dosage halts the further spread of infection. By stopping this growth and the sustained life of the bacteria, our immune systems can then kill off the infected bacteria. As many infections are bacterial, Tetracycline has a broad and adaptable range of conditions that it can be used for.

Tetracycline is a treatment that targets the bacteria responsible for certain diseases. As not all bacteria are bad (in fact some types of bacteria help our bodies), with Tetracycline infections can be specifically targeted. The body can then get on with repairing damaged cells and not have to concentrate solely on fighting the spread of the infection.

With tetracycline infections are stopped in their tracks

Bacterial infections can be caught a number of ways: through skin contact and bodily fluids passing from one person to another, through to being spread by coughing, or by swallowing the bacteria. They are more easily transmitted through our body’s cells that have mucous membranes than those covered by the protective layer of our skin.

Mucous membrane cells can be typically found in our respiratory passages, although they are found in other parts of our body too. The severity of the infections can vary but in many cases they can be treated by Tetracycline antibiotics.

Tetracycline has been traditionally used to address infections caused by chlamydia: the chest infection psittacosis, the eye infection trachoma, and genital and urinary infections like urethritis, together with mycoplasma organism-caused infections like pneumonia. Its versatility is not limited to these conditions though.

Wider uses for tetracycline

Tetracycline dosage can be used against long term re-appearances of bronchitis - which has its roots in a bacterium called haemophilus influenzae, as well as syphilis, gonorrhoea, infection caused by brucella bacteria (brucellosis), mycoplasma organisms, leptospirosis (Weil’s disease), gas gangrene, tetanus and cholera.

It also can be used to treat infections caused by rickettsia micro-organisms transmitted by lice, fleas, ticks and mites, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, typhus group, Q fever coxiella endocarditis and tick fevers.

How tetracycline curbs acne

Working as an agent against the bacteria associated with acne – propionibacterium acnes – Tetracycline for acne treatment is well known.

A very common skin disorder normally experienced by most young people in early puberty, acne can unfortunately still affect us in later life. To counter this, Tetracycline for acne works by stopping the bacteria that inflames the small oil glands known as the sebaceous glands.

The natural production of androgens in our bodies causes the production of sebum. As sebum is produced by our sebaceous glands, the increased production of sebum then narrows the openings of the sebaceous glands and stops the sebum leaving the skin.

The common bacterium propionibacterium acnes feed on the excess sebum and produce fatty acids and waste products, that also irritate the sebaceous glands and result in more spots.

Using Tetracycline antibiotics helps control bacterial numbers and therefore reduces fatty acids that clog pores and block glands.

The irritation and inflammation of the sebaceous glands is also reduced by treating the condition in this way. The skin can then start the healing process and stop reddening as the antibiotic eases the underlying cause.

Taking tetracycline

Tetracycline comes as a suspension (liquid) to take by mouth and as convenient Tetracycline capsules. These dosages are usually taken two to four times daily on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after meals or snacks.

Each Tetracycline dose should be taken with a full glass of water, and dairy products must be avoided due to the way Tetracycline works on bacteria.

Use Tetracycline for acne and a very wide range of conditions. For proven results in fighting bacterial infections and much more, the solution is Tetracycline.

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