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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 #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 #38

Most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses. Viral infections can make you just as sick as infections caused by bacteria.

Tip of the Week #12

A child’s behavior is more important than their fever for telling you when to worry. Children with viral infections usually feel better when their fever is reduced. Children with bacterial infections, especially pneumonia, usually continue to feel bad even if their fever is brought down.

Tip of the Week #34

Select plain cleaning products not antibacterial products. Plain cleaning products remove germs without attacking them and do not lead to antibiotic resistance.

Tip of the Week #13

Colds, flu, croup, laryngitis and most cases of bronchitis in children and adults are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help!

Tip of the Week #35

Disinfectants will kill 99.9% of germs on hard, smooth surfaces. They must be used at the right concentration and for the right amount of time to be effective. Disinfectants are not intended for use on the skin.

Tip of the Week #21

Sore throats are common with colds and influenza. If a sore throat is part of these illnesses, it is most likely caused by a virus and a throat swab is not needed.

Tip of the Week #17

Decongestants and cough syrup often contain acetaminophen. Always check labels or ask your pharmacist for help to avoid overdosing.

Tip of the Week #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.