Tag: antibiotics

How you can cope with winter illness

How you can cope with winter illness

Don't panic over colds/flu, hints to get you through

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6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

This week autumn begins in the northern hemisphere. Where I live, fall brings brilliant orange,yellow and red to our trees and shrubs,  the start of the school term and football season. Unfortunately,  fall also brings the cold and flu season.   This is usually the busiest time of the year in physician offices, urgent care … Continue reading 6 things you need to know to get through the flu season

Sorting out sinusitis- a Q&A post

After my recent series about antibiotic use a reader asked a question about sinus infections. "How do I know if I need an antibiotic for a sinus infection?" It’s really a 2-part answer, so I’ll answer the second part first, it’s easier. If you have a bacterial sinus infection with more than mild symptoms, an … Continue reading Sorting out sinusitis- a Q&A post

How to navigate the antibiotic highway

Now that we’ve covered some basics about antibiotics, let’s get specific. What you want to know is- When do I need to take an antibiotic?       Experts consider as many as 50% of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States unnecessary or inappropriate. This causes  antibiotic resistance ,  avoidable side effects of the drugs, … Continue reading How to navigate the antibiotic highway

6 smart facts about antibiotics

We've already looked at how antibiotic resistance develops and why it's important. Now let's consider 6 more important facts about using antibiotics appropriately. Antibiotics save lives. “The discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming was one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century. It’s hard to imagine a world before the development … Continue reading 6 smart facts about antibiotics

Get Smart About Antibiotics

This week I'm sharing information on the appropriate, medically sound, and safe use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat serious infectious diseases, but overuse and misuse has made many of them less effective. This is called antibiotic resistance and is a serious worldwide problem. "Antibiotics serve an important role in keeping you and your … Continue reading Get Smart About Antibiotics