All About Antibiotics

Why Won't Antibiotics Cure Colds?

When it comes to antibiotics, what doesn't kill them makes them stronger -- literally. Prescribing antibiotics for colds is useless and dangerous. They won't kill the viruses causing the colds. Even worse, when the bacteria that live on our skin, in our noses, and all around us are exposed to antibiotics, they can transform into "supergerms" that are able to dodge antibiotics in the future. Think of it as giving your playbook to members of the opposing team. The more they study it, the better they'll be at outwitting you in the next game. Something similar happens every time you stop a few days short of completing a full course of antibiotics. You've taken enough to keep the bacteria at bay but not enough to completely kill them. In the process, you've strengthened their ability to fight against the medication.

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