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To: Right Wing Assault
IIRC, sulfa has a different action than antibiotics.

Apparently sulfa doesn't kill the pathogens outright; it prevents them from reproducing, thus allowing the bodies own defenses to prevail.

35 posted on 06/04/2013 4:34:14 AM PDT by doberville
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To: doberville; Right Wing Assault
IIRC, sulfa has a different action than antibiotics.

You're getting close. Sulfa drugs have a different action than other antibiotics.

Apparently sulfa doesn't kill the pathogens outright; it prevents them from reproducing, thus allowing the bodies own defenses to prevail.

There are two broad classes of antibiotics: bacteriostatics that stop growth and bactericidals that kill the bacteria.

"The sulfonamides, or sulfa drugs, are derivatives of sulfanilamide, competitively inhibit folic acid synthesis in microorganisms, and formerly were bacteriostatic against a wide variety of bacteria and some protozoa. Because many microbes are now resistant, sulfonamides have largely been supplanted by more effective and less toxic antibiotics."

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/sulfonamide

38 posted on 06/04/2013 10:45:04 AM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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