THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Archbold Memorial hospital is educating the public about antibiotics.
The hospital is partnering up with the CDC to host "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week" to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance.
It also highlights the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.
"Antibiotics plus your immune system are really what eliminates harmful bacteria in your body so its important that you are using an antibiotic when you have a bacterial infection and not a viral infection. An antibiotic will do no good for a viral infection," Chris Newman, Director of Pharmacy.
Taking antibiotics for viral infections, such as colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus or ear infections:
- Will not cure the infection
- Will not keep other people from getting sick
- Will not help you or your child feel better
- May cause unnecessary and harmful side effects
- May contribute to antibiotic resistance, which is when bacteria are able to resist the effects of an antibiotic and continue to cause harm
What to Do:
Just because your healthcare professional doesn't give you an antibiotic doesn't mean you aren't sick. Talk with your healthcare professional about the best treatment for your or your child's illness.
To feel better when you or your child has a viral infection:
- Ask your healthcare professional about over-the-counter treatment options that may help reduce symptoms.
- Drink more fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Use a cool-mist vaporizer or saline nasal spray to relieve congestion.
- Soothe your throat with crushed ice, sore throat spray, or lozenges. (Do not give lozenges to young children.)
- If you are diagnosed with the flu, there are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness. They are prescription drugs.
What Not to Do:
- Do not demand antibiotics when your healthcare professional says they are not needed.
- Do not take an antibiotic for a viral infection.
- Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else