ZocdocAnswersWhat are the uses of antibiotics?

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What are the uses of antibiotics?

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I would suggest that you schedule an appointment primary care physician. In general when a physician refers to an antibiotic, they are referring to a medication that is designed to target and kill bacterial pathogens that can cause infections in human body. I should say that technically a broader definition of antibiotic (not used by most doctors and other health care professionals) would also include medications against other types of living cells such as cancer cells. However, when the doctor mentions the word antibiotic they are always referring to a medication that can kill bacteria. Antibiotics are needed for some but not most infections. The common uses of antibiotics in the primary care setting would include urinary tract infections, pneumonia, strep throat, and skin infections from run of the mill cuts and bruises. However, often when people present to the doctor with an illness such as a runny nose, cough, sore throat, or the usual symptoms we get during cold season these are symptoms that cannot be helped with an anabiotic. However, these are actually symptoms for which antibiotics are often prescribed inappropriately. Again, I would suggest that you schedule an appointment primary care physician. He or she will know when it is appropriate for you to be treated with antibiotics. Good luck

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