|MadSci Network: Immunology|
I would like to know how often a normal immune system can overcome a bacterial infection. I know some bacterial infections (like some viruses) kill, and some like sinus or ear infections don't kill. But the immune system seems to be much better at fighting off viruses than bacteria. Is this true? If so, why are our antibodies so less effective in attacting bacteria? I mean, evolution- wise the human body had the same amount of time to develop defenses against bacteria. I don't think bacteria mutate any faster or anything. Please tell me why people generally don't get over common bacterial infections for a long time, but common viruses are generally easily dispatched by the immune system.
Re: How often can bacterial infections be overcome by the immune system?
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