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Colds and flus - antibiotics

  • Definition

    Colds and flus are NOT cured by antibiotics.

    Alternative Names

    Antibiotics - colds and flu


    Antibiotics will fight bacterial infections, but they do not treat viral infections such as colds and the flu. If you have a viral infection, antibiotics will NOT make you better.

    Antibiotics can destroy normal ("healthy") bacteria that live in your body. This can result in symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, and vaginal yeast infections.

    The overuse of antibiotics has contributed to the rise in drug-resistant bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics also poses a risk of allergic reactions, so they should not be taken when there is no possible benefit.