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Health Tip: When Antibiotics Aren'tthe Answer

Health Tip: When Antibiotics Aren'tthe Answer

11/29/13

(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 anything otherthan a bacterial illness may do more harm than good.

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 cool-mist humidifier.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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