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Antibiotics Don't Work for Everything


We are often been warned that antibiotics are becoming less effective than they used to be. Part of the reason for this is the overuse of antibiotics for conditions that don’t benefit from their use. We can do our bit by listening to the advice of our GPs and working with them to reduce demand for antibiotics.

A good page of advice on antibiotics can be found on the NHS Choices website, there is a short video to watch too.

In summary:

  • Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections.
  • Sometimes it is better to not treat a mild infection than risk the side-effects of antibiotics.
  • Antibiotics don’t work for viruses, including a lot of the causes of colds/flu.


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