Facts you need to know about antibiotics


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  1. Antibiotics only treat BACTERIAL infections (not viruses, fungi or parasites).

  2. You always need antibiotics for Strep Throat, but not for flu, common cold, and rarely for sinusitis or ear infections (in adults).

  3. It is NOT OK to stop taking antibiotics once you feel better! You always have to finish the whole course of your prescribed antibiotics unless you have a reaction to them (in which case you contact your doctor!). It is also important to take antibiotics exactly as prescribed.

  4. When antibiotics are not used properly they can lead to RESISTANCE in the bacteria. Bacterial resistance has been rapidly increasing in the last decades and is a major worry for health officials all around the world, including here at home.


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