What are two approaches to treat any infectious diseases?

(1) To reduce the effects of disease (or symptom directed treatment) for this one can take medicines which reduces the symptoms which are mainly due to inflammation caused by acid.
A person can take rest which enables one to conserve energy.
(2) To eliminate the cause of disease:
Medicines can also kill the microbes as the medicines can block either :
(a) the pathways specific for the synthesis of new substances required by the pathogen or
(b) respiration required by each of the specific groups of pathogenic organisms.