Antibiotics cannot kill viruses. However many people do not know how to distinguish between a bacterial infection and a virus. As stated in the previous post, there are differences between the two. This is especially important when the cold and flu season is upon us as misconceptions between the two often lead to improper treatment. Viruses cause colds, cough and sore throat and Bacteria cause infections such as sinus infections and strep throat. When antibiotics are used improperly to treat a virus unnecessarily or a bacterial infection improperly the chance of developing drug resistant bacteria increases. The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas’ website offers great advice under its health issues section to safely use antibiotics as well as a few tips to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
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