This simply means taking antibiotics even when they are not the appropriate treatment.
Reportedly, one third to one half of antibiotics use is unnecessary or inappropriate. This promotes antibiotic resistance by bacteria.
Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections but not viral infections. For example, an antibiotic is an appropriate treatment for strep throat which is caused by a bacterium streptococcus pyogenes, but not the right treatment for most sore throat which is caused by the virus.
You may have symptoms like runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, itchy eye, headache, and fever. These symptoms are caused by viral infection and allergy, not a bacterial infection. Hence does not require the use of antibiotic.
Antihistamines, Decongestants, vitamin c, analgesics, and cough medications can be recommended depending on the complaints.
Always consult with your pharmacist or physician before taking any medicine.
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