Should I get an antibiotic for the cold?

Not always. Antibiotics are not recommended for the common cold. It is because the common cold is caused by rhinovirus, parainfluenza and other seasonal viruses, whereas antibiotics treat bacterial infections. We still do not know the exact cure for the common cold.

The common cold symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, cough and sore throat that often recover on their own, or following simple measures such as staying hydrated, taking complete rest, gargling with water, over-the-counter medicines, etc.

When antibiotics are not required, they must not be consumed. It is because they will not help, and the side effects can lead to antibiotic resistance due to which bacteria become resistant to prescribed antibiotics. Moreover, excessive consumption of antibiotics can lead to increased mortality. A study has shown that a doctor may prescribe antibiotics if the common cold has developed a certain bacterial infection. In conclusion, it is recommended to consult a doctor before consuming antibiotics.

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