Will an Antibiotic Help Treat My Infection?

Do I Have a Bacterial Infection? This seems like common sense—a bacterial infection is an infection caused by a bacteria. If you’re diagnosed with a bacterial infection, an antibiotic is often an effective treatment method.

Bacterial Infections

  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Salmonella
  • Tuberculosis

Can I Take an Antibiotic for My Infection?

That depends on whether your infection is viral or bacterial. If you’re diagnosed with a bacterial infection, you may be prescribed an antibiotic. Antibiotics, though, aren’t an appropriate treatment for a viral infection. They can actually cause more harm than good when you have a virus. But there are other steps you can take to get back to better health.

Treatments Other Than an Antibiotic

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Consider taking over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Gargle warm salt water if you are suffering from a sore throat.
  • Try to get plenty of rest.
  • Use a humidifier if you are experiencing congestion.
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