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Tip of the Week #20

Most sore throats are due to viruses.  A doctor cannot tell, just by looking, whether a sore throat is due to a virus or to Streptococcus bacteria (Strep throat). A throat swab is the only way to know if antibiotics might help.

Tip of the Week #40

If you have influenza (flu), stay home until you are feeling better and avoid going out except to seek medical attention.

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 #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.