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The effect of antimicrobial agents on the immune system

A. J. van Rensburg, R. Anderson
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 3, No 3 | a1083 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v3i3.1083 | © 1984 A. J. van Rensburg, R. Anderson | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 March 1984 | Published: 20 March 1984

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A. J. van Rensburg,, South Africa
R. Anderson,, South Africa

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Abstract

The primary consideration in the choice of an antimicrobial agent is its specific antibacterial activity. However, an intact immune system is essential for the successful elimination of the pathogen. Several antimicrobial agents inhibit different aspects of the immune system and are best avoided in the treatment of immunesuppressed patients, in children and for long-term therapy. Antimicrobial agents which stimulate the immune system can be used with good effect in these patients.

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