Antibiotics

An antibiotic is a medication that is prescribed to you by your doctor. It is a strong medication, when used properly can kill bacteria. It has saved many lives and has prevented many serious complications to illnesses, however, it has absolutely no effect on viral infections. According to the Center for Disease Control, misinformation is partly to blame for the excessive use of antibiotics.

Most people have been taught that if you see green mucus that an antibiotic is needed. Your doctor needs to first determine if the illness is due to a bacterial infection or a viral infection. Both infections have similar symptoms. That’s why it is important for your doctor to make the determination.

Bacterial infections are less common than viral infections. Symptoms can include pain in the ear, sore throat, postnasal drip, fever, pain in teeth, clogged nose, and a yellowish nasal discharge. When babies are too young to communicate the pain to you, they might be come fussy and cry continuously. These symptoms can lead to or be signs of ear infections, sinus infections, lung infections, whooping cough, and strep throat.

The symptoms of a viral infection can include muscle aches, fever, runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, red eyes, and swollen glands that can cause hoarseness in the throat. These symptoms can be a cause of a cold, fever, cough, sore throat, most causes of croup, vomiting and diarrhea. It is useless for a child to take an antibiotic to fight a common cold. It has very little, if any effect on it. It will not help your child recover or get better any faster.

There is however a danger in the over use of an antibiotic when not needed. Taking an antibiotic when not needed can lead to bacterial resistance. Here is a list of things you can do to prevent bacterial resistance: never save an antibiotic to give to your child at a later date, finish all medication prescribed by your doctor, use the medication exactly as prescribed. You should never use a medication that was prescribed to another person. You should also try not to miss any doses. You shouldn�t stop the medication when the child appears to be doing better.

One way to keep from overusing antibiotics is by not pressuring your doctor into giving you an antibiotic if he or she feels it is not necessary. Keep your doctor informed if you get worse or the illness does not go away.

Viral infections can sometimes lead to bacterial infections. The best defense against illness is prevention. You need to remember germs are everywhere. You can find germs in restaurants, doctor’s offices, gyms, children’s indoor and outdoor play equipment, public telephones, and shopping cart handles. There is just no getting away from them. You should always wash your hands before preparing food, eating food, after using the restroom, after playing at a playground, after using public transportation, after handling money, and after blowing your nose or sneezing. You could also invest in an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers are more effective against killing germs then just hand washing alone.

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