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Antibiotics Many Not Cure Common Cold

Many of us think that as soon as we get a cold, a trip to the doctor for some medicine will make us feel better, but a new study says that says you may want to be a little more careful about what medicine you ask your doctor to give you.
Many of us think that as soon as we get a cold, a trip to the doctor for some medicine will make us feel better, but a new study says that says you may want to be a little more careful about what medicine you ask your doctor to give you. It's definitely that time of year.

people are starting to get flu shots, there's already talk of super bugs, and new research is showing that doctors could be over-prescribing antibiotics. The research comes from Brigham and women's hospital in Boston. Part of the findings are that antibiotics prescriptions for sore throat and acute bronchitis are far more common than they should be. The study authors say that while only 10 percent of adults with sore throats have strep -- the condition that requires antibiotics -- doctors prescribe them in 60 percent of sore throat cases. For acute bronchitis, the prescribing rate nationally is around 73%. experts say that's despite an abundance of evidence that shows antibiotics do not actually help the condition.

Let's dig a little deeper!

 One of the biggest problems -- if you have a viral infection, antibiotics aren't an effective treatment and putting those chemicals into your body could mean other side effects. Also concerning, when you take antibiotics, there's a chance the disease you're fighting -- or other bacteria in your body -- will mutate, making it more resistant to antibiotics in the future. When you're sick, just about anything sounds good. well, apparently it is patient demand. people are asking for these drugs, thinking it will make them feel better and doctors could be just following old habits -- over-prescribing antibiotics.
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