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A 29-year-old female asked:

Do i need anti-biotics? i have just had a cold/flu and i am left with a chesty cough, my chest hurts and when i cough i do bring up while flem

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Probably not: If you don't have a fever, it's unlikely that you have pneumonia, which would require antibiotics. Otherwise, colds and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics, because they're caused by viruses..

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