by Pranav Dasarathi | 12 JUNE 2018
Introduction: When you take an antibiotic, it enters your circulation system and moves through your body, eliminating bacteria but not human cells. There are a couple of differences, between friendly and harmful bacteria. Antibiotics kill not only the bad bacteria affecting your health but also the friendly bacteria that dwell in your body.
Friendly bacteria help keep you healthy in multiple ways, so when antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, you may fall ill because you lose these advantages. Furthermore, losing friendly bacteria can give other types of bacteria space to duplicate, leading to infections.
Antibiotics do not battle infections caused by viruses. Rather, symptom relief might be the best alternative option for viral diseases.
Be smart when you use antibiotics—to fight bacterial infections. When you take antibiotics in an appropriate way, you do the best for your health and your family's well being.
Taking antibiotics for viral infections, such as colds, influenza, most sore throats, bronchial infections, and many sinuses or ear infections:
Will not cure the infection
Will not keep other individuals from becoming ill
Will not assist you or your kid feels better
May contribute to antibiotic resistance that happens when bacteria are able to
oppose the effects of antibiotic and cause harm to the body
Prolonged rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines may be your or your child's best treatment option against viral infections.
What to Do
Do not presume that you are healthy when your health specialist doesn’t recommend antibiotics. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for your sickness.
Try to know about the measures to reduce the viral symptoms
Drink more liquids
Take a lot of rest
Soothe your throat with smashed ice, sore throat spray, or capsules
Use a saline nasal spray or cool-mist vaporizer to alleviate nasal block
In the event that you are diagnosed with the seasonal flu, there are flu antiviral medications that can be used to treat viral infection.
Judge whether it’s bacteria or virus that got you sick. Antibiotics only treat bacterial illness. Viral infection cannot be cured with antibiotics.
If you have a cold, stuffy nose, bronchitis, sore throat chest cold, flu or fluid in the middle ear, it is probably caused by a virus and does not require an antibiotic medication. If you have a whooping cough it is most likely caused by bacteria and requires antibiotics.
What Not to Do
Do not request antibiotics when your doctor says they are not required.
Do not take an antibiotic for a viral disease
Do not take antibiotics prescribed for others. The antibiotic may not be appropriate for your sickness. Taking a wrong medicine will aggravate your illness
If your healthcare expert recommends an antibiotic for a bacterial infection:
Do not skip the medicine
Do not stop taking the antibiotics abruptly unless your healthcare specialist tells you to do so.
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