Do I Need Antibiotics?
Antibiotics are not recommended for most upper respiratory tract infections:
- Most infections are caused by viruses - unfortunately, antibiotics won't work against viruses
- Antibiotics won't make you feel better any faster and may cause unpleasant side effects, such as diarrhoea, thrush or a rash
- Taking antibiotics may disrupt the balance between good and bad bacteria in your gut, this balance is important for a healthy immune system.
Don't Help Bugs Become Superbugs
Superbugs can develop as a result of using too many antibiotics. Bacteria can adapt and survive against the effects of antibiotics, creating superbugs that are too powerful for antibiotics to work. This is known as antibiotic resistance -
- Carrying resistance bacteria means antibiotics might not work for you in the future
- Resistance to antibiotics is a growing global problem and it will make treatment of infections much harder.
Did you know? You can carry resistant bacteria for up to one year after taking an antibiotic. That's why it's best to use antibiotics only when you really need them.
Get the right relief for your symptoms
Upper respiratory tract infections affect everyone slightly differently. Your pharmacist can recommend specific products to treat your specific symptoms.
Relief is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and A, B, C:
1 - ASSESS your symptoms
Help your pharmacist by providing a description of your symptoms and concerns, and make them aware of any existing medical conditions.
2 - BEAT your symptoms
Ask your pharmacist for suitable medicines and formulations to treat your specific symptoms. Your pharmacist can also advise on symptoms that mean you should see your doctor.
3 - Care for yourself
Drink plenty of fluids, get more rest and make sure you get medicines that suit you best - there are formulations available for most people.
If your symptoms do not improve, or if you develop new symptoms, contact your doctor for more advice.