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Health Q & A with Jeannie Marr


November 29, 2018

Q: Why didn’t my doctor prescribe antibiotics for my cold?

A: Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, and colds are infections caused by viruses. Thus an antibiotic would not be helpful in treating your cold. Sometimes, however, when your body fights off a viral infection its barriers are weakened and you may then get a bacterial infection.

This is why if you’ve had a persistent cold, or are at higher risk for bacterial infections, your doctor may give you an antibiotic. The best treatment for a cold is to get plenty of re...

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