Being sick is not fun, but knowing exactly what the problem is and treating it properly is in your best interest. Taking antibiotics for the common cold will only build a resistance to the drug. Know the difference between a bacterial illness, a viral illness and worst yet the flu.
Antibiotics, A Virus, The Flu, Some Rest
Simply stated antibiotics are over used, and do not treat the common cold, or a virus. A virus must run it course, and drinking plenty of fluids, water, or hot tea, will help. The Flu is not cured with antibiotics! A person must rest and let it run its course, as well!
You may ask why were antibiotics invented, antibiotics are to treat bacterial infections, such as the bacteria that cause strep throat, UTI which is a Urinary Tract Infection; and many doctors treat a sinus infection with antibiotics. The best way to get the most out of using these drugs is to limit your exposure to them, since over using them will enable your body to build up a resistance against them. If abused when you do get a serve bacterial infection the antibiotic will not work or may take several treatments or changes before you will actually feel better.
So how do you know the difference between the common cold, which is a virus, the flu, or a bacterial illness, well it is not always easy to detect. The flu usually comes on quickly with a fever, a feeling of total exhaustion, chills along with aches and pains. In addition usually a dry cough and runny nose, and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea accompanies the flu. There is no real cure for the flu, even thou if caught early by seeing your primary doctor he may be able to prescribe a medication to shorten the duration of the flu, which sometimes works and sometimes we just don’t know. The best things for the flu, or any illness is to stay in bed and rest, drink warm fluids such as tea and eat chicken soup; homemade if possible. If you or any family member has the flu stay home, first of all a person with the flu is in no condition to be out and about; and more importantly why be selfish a make others sick?!
The common cold usually does not come with a fever, and the body is not overly exhausted, nor do you suffer from aches and pains or chills. You may have a little sore throat and either a stuffy or runny nose, which you can ease with over the counter remedies.
Tylenol and Advil are great for sore throats, while decongestions work on nasal congestion, and allergy medication help with the runny nose and nasal drip that may occur with the common cold. Aspirin is not used to relieve fevers or ache and pains anymore, especially in young children; especially those under the age of twenty-one. Aspirin in children has been linked to Reyes Syndrome, which can be deadly.
To avoid any type of germs one must frequently wash their hands, using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, making sure to get in between your fingers and under your nails. If your using a hand sanitizer make sure the alcohol content is at least sixty percent, to ensure that you are in fact destroying the germs you cannot see. There are over 1,000 germs on things throughout the house, so if you can try cleaning the family telephone, or cell phones, the computer keyboard, doorknobs and faucets, this is where there are many unseen germs lurking. Outdoors the germs tremendously increase, from the playground to money, to pens and shopping carts, so do you part to help avoid spreading any germs.
Remember Antibiotic work on bacterial infections. While rest and fluid will help those who are sick with the flu or common cold, which is a virus and all you can do for a virus is relieve the symptoms.