Thursday 29 September 2016

Use antibiotics with caution

Published 17/11/2015 | 02:30

Do not reach for antibiotics to treat every cough and sneeze
Do not reach for antibiotics to treat every cough and sneeze

It's than time of the year again when patients are being warned about not reaching for an antibiotic for every cough and sneeze.

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Antibiotics don't work for colds or flu.

Antibiotics should be taken exactly as prescribed - at the right time for the right duration.

Always finish an antibiotic course - even if you feel a lot better. This is to ensure that all the bacteria are killed completely and that no survivors are left that could multiply and develop resistance.

Antibiotics should be used only as prescribed and when needed.

If you have a cold or flu, visit ­undertheweather.ie for advice on how to help yourself get better and ask your doctor for advice if you are ­concerned.

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