Most cough and cold illnesses are caused by viruses. Antibiotic use can only cure bacterial illnesses – not viral illnesses.
Simple and Smart Facts about Antibiotic Use
Viruses cause common illness that antibiotics CANNOT treat like:
Viral illnesses, like colds, usually go away without treatment in a week or two. Even many bacterial ear infections go away by themselves. When an antibiotic is not prescribed, ask your child’s doctor or pharmacist what can be used to relieve symptoms.
Taking antibiotic for viral illnesses: