TAMPA (FOX 13) - Good Day's Doc-on-Call is sharing how you can be smart about antibiotics.
Just because you are sick it does not mean you need to take an antibiotic. In fact, frequently, it's better not to. Antibiotics can't treat viral infections like the cold or the flu. But taking them can cause bacteria to become resistant to the medication-- that means when you really do need an antibiotic, it could be less effective.
If you do come down with a viral infection, an antibiotic won't help. Instead, ask your doctor about things you can do to relieve your symptoms and help strengthen your immune system.
Click here to read about how you can take antibiotics wisely, when not to take them, and what risks they bring.
Or, copy and paste the following link: https://www.hopkinsallchildrens.org/antibiotics