If you doctor has prescribed antibiotics for you, it probably means you have or have a chance of contracting a bacterial infection in your body. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses and cannot help with common colds or the flu. There are many different kinds of antibiotics that work against an array of bacteria. Which kind of antibiotic your doctor prescribes for you depends on the type of infection and any medicinal allergies you may have.

Antibiotics treat a myriad of possible infections, including:

  • Bacterial bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Strep throat
  • Bacterial ear infection
  • Pink eye
  • Sinus infection
  • Urinary tract infection

Your doctor knows when and when not to prescribe you antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics can create a resistant strain of bacteria in your body that make them harder to kill. Your nurse will ensure that you take the entire prescription so that the antibiotics are effective and not wasted on your body.

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