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Antibiotic use is the leading cause of antibiotic resistance. Up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is either unnecessary or inappropriate.
To combat antibiotic resistance and avoid adverse drug reactions, we must use antibiotics appropriately. This means using antibiotics only when needed and, if needed, using them correctly.
Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis. Even many sinus and ear infections can get better without antibiotics. Instead, symptom relief might be the best treatment option for these infections. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter products may be your or your child's best treatment options for symptoms associated with viral infections.
Just because your healthcare professional doesn't give you an antibiotic doesn't mean you aren't sick. Talk with your healthcare professional about the best treatment for your or your child's illness.
What Not to Do
Do not demand antibiotics when your healthcare professional says they are not needed.
Do not take an antibiotic for a viral infection.
Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. The antibiotic may not be right for your illness. Taking the wrong medicine may delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to grow.
Here at Oasis del Pacífico we will diagnose your child properly and decide he / she requires antibiotics for a bacterial infection.