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Antibiotics For Your Skin

…red or warm skin with other signs of infection Wound that is red, painful, swollen, or warm Antibiotics can be harmful If you have an infection, antibiotics can save your life. But antibiotics can also be harmful if you take them when you don’t need them. The more antibiotics you…

Antibiotics for a Sore Throat, Cough, or Runny Nose

If your child has a sore throat, cough, or runny nose, you might expect the doctor to prescribe antibiotics. But most of the time, children don’t need antibiotics to treat a respiratory illness. In fact, antibiotics can do more harm than good. Here’s why: Antibiotics fight bacteria, not viruses. If…

Antibiotics for Ear Infections in Children

…field_5c0e84d842a98 field_5c1baa2c31d32 3 field_5c0e84d842a96 Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor (pdf) field_5c0e84d842a97 http://www.choosingwisely.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/5-Questions-Poster_8.5×11-Eng.pdf field_5c0e84d842a98 field_5c1baa2c31d32 Your Child May Not Need Antibiotics (pdf) field_5c0e84d842a97 http://www.choosingwisely.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Think-Your-Child-Needs-Antibiotics_8.5×11-Eng.pdf field_5c0e84d842a98 field_5c1baa2c31d32 Infants and some babies and children do need antibiotics. But using antibiotics too often can be harmful. Here’s why… Antibiotics for Ear Infections in…

Oral Antibiotics for Ear Infections

Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. For ear infections, doctors often prescribe oral antibiotics that you swallow in pill or liquid form. However, eardrops can sometimes be safer and more effective than oral medicines. Here’s why: Oral antibiotics have risks. Oral antibiotics are more likely to cause resistant…

Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People

Antibiotics can cause future problems. Antibiotics can kill “friendly” germs in the body. This can lead to vaginal yeast infections. It can also lead to other infections, and severe diarrhea, hospitalization, and even death. Also, antibiotics may help “drug resistant” bacteria grow. These bacteria are harder to kill. They cause…

Antibiotics for People with Catheters

…that antibiotics may not work when needed in the future. Resistant bacteria cause illnesses that are harder to cure and more costly to treat. To treat them, a doctor may have to try a few different antibiotics. This increases the risk of side effects. Using antibiotics can lead to vaginal…

Antibiotics for Pink Eye

…causing the allergy. Antibiotics don’t help allergies. A third type of pink eye is caused by bacteria. This can be helped by an antibiotic. However, mild bac­terial pink eye almost always goes away within ten days without medication. Antibiotics can cause problems. Antibiotics can cause itching, stinging, burning, swelling and…

Colds, Flu, and Other Respiratory Illnesses in Adults

If you have a sore throat, cough, or sinus pain, you might expect to take antibiotics. After all, you feel bad, and you want to get better fast. But antibiotics don’t help most respiratory infections, and they can even be harmful. Here’s why. Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. Antibiotics fight…