Colds, flu, and other respiratory illnesses in adults
November 2, 2019
BY: Andrew Matthews MD MHA
When you need antibiotics—and when you don’t.
If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Here’s why.
Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses.
Antibiotics fight infections caused by bacteria. But most respiratory infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics can’t cure a virus.
• All colds and flu.
• Almost all sinus infections.
• Most bronchit...