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They do not help unless they are given to treat or prevent a secondary bacterial infection, such as secondary bacterial pneumonia in the case of the flu, skin infections from scratching measles lesions, or other related secondary bacterial infections.

Antibiotics are only effective for treating or preventing bacterial infections. There is no equivalent drug for use in viral infections. Other than careful hand washing and other preventive precautions, prevention with vaccinations is the way to avoid viral infections for many of these conditions, but not all, such as the common cold which does not yet have a vaccine for prevention.*

*The viruses of the common cold mutate very quickly and easily and, before a vaccine can be developed and produced, the virus has already changed making the vaccine no longer useful before it is even put to use.

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Q: How do antibiotics help us with viruses?
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Why do antibiotics do not help teat viral infections?

Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, they have no affect on viruses. Vaccinations treat viruses.

Are viruses treated with antibiotics?

No because antibiotics are ineffective when it comes to viruses. Viruses don't respond to them. sometimes it can help stop what pain your in, but it doesn't go away.

Would a antibiotics drug help if you had a cold?

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No, antibiotics DO NOT kill viruses.

Why would antibiotics not help if you had a flu?

Influenza is a viral disease and antibiotics do not affect viruses, only bacteria.

Are viruses responsible for influenza?

Yes, viruses are responsible for influenza. That's why antibiotics don't help when you have the flu.

What happens to viruses when you take antibiotics?

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Why antibiotics wont help a viral sore throat or a common cold?

Antibiotics kill bacteria. They do not kill viruses.

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Are drugs helpful against viruses?

Some drugs (analgesics) help relieve the pain of viruses. However antibiotics cannot help viruses as they only kill bacterial infections.

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Can viruses be cured with antibiotics?

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