Antibiotic Treatments

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 17:36
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Antibiotics are a group of medicines that are used to treat infections caused by bacteria and certain parasites. They do not work against infections that are caused by viruses - for example, the common cold or flu. Antibiotics are normally only prescribed for more serious bacterial infections - for example, pneumonia. When prescribed, it is important to take the entire course of antibiotics which helps to prevent resistance developing to that antibiotic. Most side-effects of antibiotics are not serious - for example, diarrhoea, or mild stomach upset such as nausea. Although some people develop a serious allergy to some antibiotics, this is rare.