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Antibiotics Aren't Always the Answer

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	Chart of Illnesses and Antibiotics Needed or Not Needed

Chart of Illnesses and Whether or Not Antibiotics are Needed

  • Cold/Runny Nose: Usually caused by viruses. Antiobiotic not needed.
  • Bronchitis/Chest Cold: Usually caused by viruses. Antiobiotic not needed.
  • Whooping Cough: Usually caused by bacteria. Antibiotic needed.
  • Flu: Usually caused by viruses. Antiobiotic not needed.
  • Strep Throat: Usually caused by bacteria. Antibiotic needed.
  • Sore Throat (except strep): Usually caused by viruses. Antiobiotic not needed.
  • Fluid in the Middle Ear (otitis media with effusion): Usually caused by viruses. Antiobiotic not needed.
  • Urinary Tract Infection: Usually caused by bacteria. Antibiotic needed.
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