Antibiotics Doctors are often asked about antibiotics. On one hand we want our patients to get better as quickly as possible, but we also want to save them for when we really need them. Bacteria are getting clever and the more we use antibiotics, the more the bacteria learn to find ways of stopping them working. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections, they don’t work on viruses, so if your doctor thinks you have a viral infection they won’t want you to have antibiotics, they will want to save them for a time when you might really need them. We do have some medication that work against viruses (antivirals) but because the flu and common cold viruses are constantly changing, it is hard to keep up with them when making new antiviral tablets. Viral infections tend to cause lots of symptoms:

  • Sneezing / sniffing
  • Coughing
  • Earache / sore throat
  • Temperatures
  • Sweats and chills
  • Aching
  • Headache
  • Feeling poorly