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Antibiotics: Too much of a good thing

Antibiotics are the first line of defense against many infections. But overusing or misusing antibiotics can cause more harm than good.

Your head throbs, your nose is stuffy, and you’re too tired to do anything but flop into bed at the end of the day. You’re probably coming down with a cold or the flu. But if you think that antibiotics will help you feel better, think again. Antibiotics won’t do a thing for viral illnesses such as colds, flu and most sore throats. What’s more, taking antibiotics when you don’t need them actually can be harmful. Here’s more information on what antibiotics are, when they should and shouldn’t be used, and what you can do to combat antibiotic resistance.

Read the original article at: mayoclinic

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