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When we think of getting medicine, we are generally thinking of a doctor prescribing antibiotics. Antibiotics only work against bacteria, not viruses. What causes the most common symptoms? VIRUSES. In fact, antibiotics do not help fight viruses and can actually increase your risk for getting an infection in the future. So before you ask your doctor about antibiotics, check out these facts:
Which illnesses don’t need antibiotics?
Viruses are usually the culprit for upper respiratory infection such as colds, the flu, a runny nose with green or yellow mucus, coughs, fluid in the middle ear, sore throats (except strep), chest colds and bronchitis (in otherwise healthy children and adults).
Taking antibiotics when they are not needed will not cure your infection, help you feel better or keep other people from catching your illness. More importantly, taking antibiotics for viral infections will make it more difficult for your body to fight off bacterial infections in the future.
Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s most urgent public health problems because more and more pathogens are able to survive after being exposed to antibiotics. This means that as bacteria gets more resistant, the medicine we have to fight it is getting less effective.
If I don’t need antibiotics, what can I do to feel better?
Your body’s natural line of defense—the immune system—usually takes a few days to two weeks to fight a viral infection. In that time, make sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and take over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve any pain or fevers. You can also try a humidifier or a cool mist vaporizer. Remember, over-the-counter medicines will help relieve symptoms, but they won’t shorten the amount of time you are sick. Visit the UHS self-care webpage to learn how to soothe your symptoms and when to seek medical care.