When you are sick, antibiotics will only help you to feel better if your illness is caused by a bacteria. If you have a virus, an antibiotic won't make you feel better because antibiotics don't kill viruses.
Keep in mind that 90% of colds and flu - and the sore throats, aches and pains, chills, runny noses, watery eyes, and dry coughs that go with them - are caused by viruses. It is also important to know that the average adult gets two to three colds and flus in a year and that symptoms will usually last for up to 10 days.
You should consult a doctor if:
If uncertain about any of these symptoms, always consult your physician.
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