To prevent overuse of antibiotics, it’s important to only take them for bacterial infections.
Here are suggestions on how to use antibiotics properly, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:
- Only take antibiotics as recommended by your doctor. Never take any antibiotic that was prescribed for someone else, or that was prescribed for you to treat a different illness.
- If your doctor says you have a virus, you shouldn’t ask for an antibiotic.
- Take your antibiotic exactly as prescribed, and always finish your prescription. Never save some of your antibiotic to treat a future infection.
— Diana Kohnle
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