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What antibiotic can you use to treat a cold or flu?


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2010-12-27 21:39:58
2010-12-27 21:39:58

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.


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