Asked in Cold and Flu, Antibiotics, Bacteria
Does azithromycin help with a severe cold or flu?
No. Antibiotics do not help viral infections such as the cold or flu. Antibiotics are specifically for helping with treatment of bacterial infections or for preventing bacterial infections and do nothing to an inanimate virus. ...
Is a flu a bacterial infection?
No it is a viral infection caused by a virus not bacteria. This is why antibiotics that are for treating bacterial infections don't work for the flu, common cold or other viral infections. ...
What antibiotic can you use to treat a cold or flu?
You would not be given any antibiotic for use to treat a cold or flu. They are both viral infections, not bacterial infections. Antibiotics are only for bacterial infections. If you have a secondary bacterial infection with a viral infection, you might be prescribed an antibiotic to treat that secondary infection, but not for the virus itself. ...
Asked in Antibiotics, Swine Flu (H1N1/09), Tamiflu
Why do antibiotics have an effect on Swine Flu?
They do not have an effect on swine flu, but can be helpful if a secondary bacterial infection occurs with the flu or after the flu. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses. The flu is caused by viruses. Antibiotics are for treating infections by bacteria, not for treating infections by viruses. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu
Which medicine is the best antibiotic against cold and flu?
None. Antibiotics do not work on viral infections like the flu and common colds. Antibiotics are only good for bacterial infections. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Infectious Diseases, Antibiotics
What is wrong with people taking antibiotics to help the flu?
Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. The flu is a virus. Thus it has no effect against it. ...
Would you take antibiotics for the flu?
No, not to treat the flu itself because antibiotics don't affect viruses, they are used only for bacterial infections. Sometimes people with the flu develop secondary bacterial infections and then antibiotics may be given to treat or prevent this complication. See the related question below for how influenza is treated. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Antibiotics
Will antibiotics help you recover from the flu quicker?
The flu is caused by a virus (viruses). Antibiotics ONLY treat bacterial infections. Therefore, an antibiotic will do absolutely nothing for a person with the flu. ...
Asked in Pigs, Veterinary Medicine, Swine Flu (H1N1/09)
Why are antibiotics given to swine when they are suffering with swine flu?
To prevent secondary bacterial or viral infections, such as pneumonia.
Does flu start with TB?
No, there is no connection between the two infections. TB is caused by a bacterium called mycobacteria. The flu is caused by an influenza virus. Flu starts in healthy people when infected with the virus as well as those with underlying medical conditions, or other infections. People with bacterial infections and underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for catching viral infections like the flu, but that is not typically how the flu is started. ...
Is prednisone used for long bouts of cold or flu?
Not usually, however sometimes steroids like prednisone are given when other treatment is not working and inflammation is adding to the problem with the infection. This happens more often with bacterial infections than viral infections like the flu, however, for those hospitalized with serious cases and complications of swine flu, IV steroids were often prescribed. They are also used when there is poor response to treatment of secondary bacterial infections in those with current or recent flu infections. It would be unlikely to...
Asked in Vaccinations, Swine Flu (H1N1/09)
Can vaccines work on viruses?
Yes, a large percentage of vaccines are for viral infections, there are not many vaccines for bacterial infections but there are a few. The flu is caused by a virus, vaccinations against the flu work very well, for example. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Antibiotics, Tamiflu
Do antibiotics treat viral infections such as the flu?
No. Antibiotics are only for treating bacterial infections. Antiviral drugs (e.g., Tamiflu) are available to treat the flu, but must be given very soon after symptoms start to be most effective. ...
Are viral infections or bacterial infections treated with antibiotics?
Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics a virus can't.