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Tip of the Week #26

In patients with viral bronchitis, 45% still have a cough after two weeks, and 25% still have a cough after three weeks. Be patient; it takes a long time for your body to get over a virus.

Tip of the Week #32

Antiseptics are products that kill germs on the skin. Hand sanitizers are actually antiseptics. Be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as the only active ingredient.

Tip of the Week #33

Soaps and detergents lift dirt, grease and germs and allow them to be rinsed away. Soaps have natural fats and oils whereas detergents are synthetic. Use plain soaps and detergents that do not contain antibacterial ingredients.

Tip of the Week #44

Older persons are likely to have bacteria in their bladders without having an infection. This is a normal condition of aging and does not need to be treated with antibiotics unless there are specific symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Tip of the Week #42

About half of the antibiotics prescribed for respiratory tract infections are inappropriate because most of these infections are caused by viruses.

Tip of the Week #43

If you have been prescribed an antibiotic, take all of the medication as directed. Don’t stop taking the antibiotic before the prescription is finished, even if you are feeling better.

Tip of the Week #30

Bacteria have antibiotic resistance when they cannot be killed by an antibiotic. Remember it is the bacteria that are resistant NOT YOU! Even very healthy people who have never taken antibiotics can become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria from other sources.

Tip of the Week #41

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to your health. Infections caused by resistant bacteria are difficult to treat and can lead to prolonged illness and hospitalization.

Tip of the Week #31

Bacteria are complex living organisms that digest nutrients, divide and multiply. Antibiotics work by attacking these life processes. Viruses are much simpler and do not carry out life processes on their own. Because they are simpler, viruses do not have targets that antibiotics can attack. That is why antibiotics work against bacteria, but not against viruses.

Tip of the Week #28

Sinusitis is caused by viruses up to 200 times more often than bacteria.  A yellow or green drainage from the nose does not mean you have a bacterial infection!