Health Tip: When Antibiotics Aren'tthe Answer11/29/13
(HealthDay News) -- An antibiotic isn't appropriate for treating
all infections, unless the illness is caused by bacteria.
If the illness is caused by a virus, on the other hand, an
antibiotic won't do any good. In fact, using an antibiotic for
otherthan a bacterial illness may do more harm than
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how
to ease discomfort when an antibiotic
isn'twhat the doctor ordered:
- Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about any over-the-counter
medication that may ease symptoms.
- Drink more fluids than usual.
- Allow your body plenty of time to rest and recover.
- Ease congestion by using a saline nasal spray or running a
- If you have a sore throat, suck on ice chips, use a sore throat
spray or suck on lozenges (adults only).
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