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I went to the doctors , I have acute bronchitis, why antibiotics for that , and not the common cold?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bacteria vs virus

Te common cold is caused typically by a virus called rhinovirus.
Antibiotics are not effective against viral illnesses.

In brief: Bacteria vs virus

Te common cold is caused typically by a virus called rhinovirus.
Antibiotics are not effective against viral illnesses.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Virus vrs. Bacteria

The public does not understand that mankind is going to disappear from infections resistant to antibiotics.
The more we use antibiotics the more bacteria turn resistant to them. Colds and flu and acute bronchitis are caused by viruses and not bacteria. The treatment is supportive with over the counter medications. Fear of complications like early bact.Pneumonia trigger the drs to give antibiotics.

In brief: Virus vrs. Bacteria

The public does not understand that mankind is going to disappear from infections resistant to antibiotics.
The more we use antibiotics the more bacteria turn resistant to them. Colds and flu and acute bronchitis are caused by viruses and not bacteria. The treatment is supportive with over the counter medications. Fear of complications like early bact.Pneumonia trigger the drs to give antibiotics.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotics.

Antibiotics only work on bacteria, not viruses.
There are many types of cold viruses, by the way.

In brief: Antibiotics.

Antibiotics only work on bacteria, not viruses.
There are many types of cold viruses, by the way.
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Bacteria vs Virus...

Acute bronchitis is due to an infection of the airways and may be due to a bacterial infection and this is treated with antibiotics.
On the other hand, the common cold is due to a viral infection and so antibiotics are ineffective. Antibiotics are effective against bacteria but not viruses.

In brief: Bacteria vs Virus...

Acute bronchitis is due to an infection of the airways and may be due to a bacterial infection and this is treated with antibiotics.
On the other hand, the common cold is due to a viral infection and so antibiotics are ineffective. Antibiotics are effective against bacteria but not viruses.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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