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Should antibiotics be used to treat the common cold?

Should antibiotics be used to treat the common cold?

Nope!: Viruses cause the common cold, and alas, they laugh in the face of antibiotics. Antibiotics don't work on viruses. Just because you don't get antibiotics doesn't mean you aren't sick. You are. You're sick with something that antibiotics can't help. Meanwhile, do all the things that make you feel better until your body's immunity kicks viral butt. ::passes chicken soup and kleenex::. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can you explain why aren't antibiotics used to treat viral infections, such as a common cold ?

Not sensitive: Virusesare not sensitive to antibiotics. Viruses are basically genetic material that hijack cells in the body, they do not have the structures that antibiotics attack in backteria. ...Read more

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I am suffering from common cold. Suggest suitable antibiotic to get instant relief.?

I am suffering from common cold. Suggest suitable antibiotic to get instant relief.?

Chicken soup:-): Common cold, by definition, is due to a virus. Antibiotics are only effective in treating infections due to bacteria, not viruses. Your best bet is to stay hydrated and well rested, so your own immune system can do its job fighting the infection. There are many unproven remedies, such as zinc or herbal medicines, but just don't believe everything you see on the internet:-) no cure yet! ...Read more

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Will I get sicker from taking antibiotics for a common cold with bronchitis?

Will I get sicker from taking antibiotics for a common cold with bronchitis?

It's possible: It's possible, if you develop side effects from the antibioitic. More importantly, they're probably doing you no good, and repeated use can lead to drug resistance. ...Read more

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I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated ? had antibiotic the day after i had a CBC test ?

I had a common cold but all types of my white blood cells are elevated ? had antibiotic the day after i had a CBC test ?

Hmm: Unfortunately viruses can cause elevated white blood cells. I would speak to the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics and follow up with them. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics when a person seems to just have a common cold or virus? Is it necessary if he has a high fever?

Why do doctors prescribe antibiotics when a person seems to just have a common cold or virus? Is it necessary if he has a high fever?

Normally, physicians: Don't prescribe antibiotics for a common cold or a virus. If the person has a secondary bacterial infection/ complication - then use of antibiotics may be appropriate. A fever could be present with a virus (like influenza) or a bacterial infection. So a fever alone, is not the deciding factor. ...Read more

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I have a very deep cough with some wheezing fatigue and aches. Do i need antibiotics or is it the common cold/flu?

I have a very deep cough with some wheezing fatigue and aches. Do i need antibiotics or is it the common cold/flu?

No antibiotics: Hello otter65249, if you have cough up to 7-10 days, it' usually viral and you don't need antibiotics. Taking Mucinex (guaifenesin) 600 mg 2 a day as well as emergen c 1 pack 3 a day should help you. If symptoms continue beyond week without improvement , at that stage you should consult physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more