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Antibiotics

Whilst antibiotics have been an enormous help to doctors treating infection, antibiotics are not suitable for every case. In order to understand when they are useful we need to look at what causes infections.

An infection happens when the body is attacked by bacteria, a virus or a fungus. The organism rapidly multiplies, releasing toxic chemicals, which can damage the body’s cells.

Antibiotics are very effective at dealing with bacterial infections, but have no effect whatsoever on viral infections. If you visit the doctor with a respiratory infection, you won’t always get a prescription for antibiotics as the infection is caused by a virus. Viral infections usually clear up by themselves. Mild painkillers, such as Paracetamol or Aspirin can help relieve aches and pains and reduce fever. Taking plenty of warm fluids will sooth a sore throat and prevent you from getting dehydrated. If your symptoms fail to settle after a few days, you should then consult your doctor.

 

 

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