Antibiotics are important medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Conditions such as colds and flu are caused by viruses and therefore cannot be treated with antibiotics. Most will resolve without any need for prescriptions.
The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is to drink plenty of fluids and to rest. There are many over the counter remedies to ease the symptoms such as paracetamol and ibuprofen and your local community pharmacist can advise you on the most effective treatment for you. If the symptoms persist and you are concerned, talk to your GP for advice.
Please click the following links for Managing Your Infection and also a link to Urinary Tract Infection patient information leaflets. Managing your infection comes in 2 formats, the other format is available via the PHE link below.
The routine usage of antibiotics to treat viral infections, such as colds, has led to certain bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. This means that in the future, even simple infections will become life threatening.
Stop the spread of resistant bacteria and keep antibiotics working for the use of future generations by using antibiotics only when you really need them.
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