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Why dont doctors give you antibiotics for the flu?

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2012-12-13 19:48:34
2012-12-13 19:48:34

Because 'flu is viral and antibiotics only treat bacterial infections.

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Antibiotics kill germs called bacteria. The flu is not caused by bacteria, but by a virus. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.



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no, because flu is caused by virus and antibiotics can only cure diseases caused by bacteria.


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1) Tylenol and Motrin are not antibiotics. They are painkillers, and each has products available for relief of cold and flu symptoms.2) Antibiotics cannot cure the flu, which is a virus. Antibiotics only kill bacteria-based illnesses.


Antibiotics only kill bacteria, they cannot be used effectively to treat a flu virus infection. Antibiotics don't affect viruses. Sometimes people with the flu develop secondary bacterial infections and then antibiotics may be given to treat or prevent this complication.


Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. The flu is a virus. Thus it has no effect against it.


Not Normally, you probably have the flu or h1n1 you should go to the doctors


Antibiotics are useful against bacteria; they do not do anything about viruses.



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