20-years or more ago, doctors frequently gave to their patients the ‘miracle’ antibiotic, penicillin to fight off a severe common cold or flu symptoms.
Over the years, medical research found that many colds and the flu are found to be a virus in nature. There is no antibiotic that can eliminate a bad cold or flu symptoms.
No matter how ill you feel and the fact that you have tried every over-the-counter cold and flu medication without success, an antibiotic will be of no use.
The flu virus attacks your lungs. This is what the flu virus is known for, however, those who have a health deficit such as,
- Immunity deficit like HIV or Aids
- Lung Cancer
- Receiving Radiation or Chemotherapy that lowers your immunity level
- Leukemia and more, develop a secondary infection brought on by the flu, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
Antibiotics work only on bacteria, a bacterial infection, a secondary infection stemming from the flu. It is unhealthy to take an antibiotic when you are only fighting a viral infection and not a bacterial infection.
The reason why it is important not to take an antibiotic for a viral infection is that,
- It will not work; you are throwing your money away
- It increases your intolerance to the antibiotic
Because you took too many antibiotics when you did not need them, you changed this bacteria so that the strain learned how to survive the antibiotic.
It is for this reason that medical researchers are finding new strains of bacteria that are resistant to many of the antibiotics used today.
Antibiotics are life-saving drugs for the treatment of severe infections such as,
- Ear Infections
- Strep Throat
- Eye Infections
- Tonsillitis and more
For instance, you fight allergic symptoms to pollen in the spring or fall. You always develop sneezing, coughing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and more.
You fought these symptoms long enough but they are only worse, so you see your doctor. You find that you have a raging sinus infection and earache stemming from your long run of allergy reactions to pollen.
You developed a secondary infection, of which you now need an antibiotic to rid your body of this secondary bacterial infection.
If you had taken an antibiotic at the start of your allergy symptoms, the antibiotic would not have done any good.
Until the flu symptoms you suffer from turns into a secondary infection as listed above an antibiotic will do no good.
Never get upset with your doctor no matter how ill you feel. Your symptoms, tell your doctor if you need an antibiotic. He will listen to your lung sounds, and these sounds tell your doctor if you have a lung infection requiring an antibiotic.
Your doctor will order an antibiotic if you warrant an antibiotic.
If not, you just need to give your flu or allergy symptoms a few more days to dissipate. The best thing you can do is,
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Get plenty of rest
- Stay away from others who do not have flu symptoms
- Stay at home
- Take an NSAID for fever, chills, and headache
If your doctor orders you an antibiotic for a secondary infection stemming from the flu, you need to take all of your medication.
Never get upset with your doctor because he or she will not order you an antibiotic. Your doctor is under the scrutiny of the CDC and your city’s Public Health Department to follow the rules and guidelines imposed on all medical practitioners. If he or she does not follow the rules they can get into trouble.