Antibiotics have made tremendous impact in our health landscape since their discovery; they have saved countless lives and prevented unnecessary deaths. However, the thing we have to keep in mind with antibiotics are that they have to be used judiciously. Not every ailment requires an antibiotic and we as a society need to know that and keep that perspective in mind. When it comes to the issue of colds, they definitely do not require an antibiotic, unless there is an association with some kind of upper respiratory infection that is bacterial in nature. Most colds are generally viral and antibiotics do not have any effect on them. The more antibiotics are prescribed for colds, the more emergence of antibiotic resistance and the loss of their efficacious abilities. It is very important then, for there to be effective antibiotics and for them to be available when we need them the most. So the next time, you have a cold, do not ask for an antibiotic but let the cold wear out its natural course and look for ways in strengthening your immune system. It is very important to be physically active, drink plenty of water, have some Vitamin C or Zinc on board. It is also great to continue a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, which have antioxidant properties. Cold and antibiotics are definitely a no!
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