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antibiotic for respiratory tract infection?

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Dr. Jana Tomsky Corvalan
26 years experience Family Medicine
No: Respiratory tract infection or "uri" is caused 99.9% by virus and antibiotics are only for bacterias - they just do not touch virus ! if you take antibiotics for viral infection , it is actually harmful! if you getting progressively more sick after 10-14 days or longer consult your doc fir possible secondary bacterial infection. To prevent frequent sickness eat healthy , exercise
Answered on Jan 11, 2014
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Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
MostCausedByVirusBut: Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses like UpperRespiratory Infections and Bronchitis Lower Respiratory Tract infections like Pnumonia and some cases of Bronchitis are caused by Bacteria and different antibiotocs are used depending on the type of infection Pneomococcal infection can be treated with Levaquin (levofloxacin) or Zithromax,And others like legionaires disease are treated with Antibiotics
Answered on May 5, 2015

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