When to Opt for Symptom Relief in Treating Viral Infections

When you are dealing with a viral infection, it is important to realize that using antibiotics does not help in the fight against infections such as the ones caused by the flu, colds, bronchitis, sore throats and sinus and ear issues. In cases such as these, it may indeed be best to simply focus on symptom relief.

Antibiotics are necessary in the fight against bacterial infections, and when used appropriately you are able help maintain your health and the health of your family. When it comes to other issues including colds, the flu, sore throats, sinus or ear infections and bronchitis, however, antibiotics do not cure the infection, nor are they capable of the following:

  • Protecting others from getting sick
  • Helping you or your children in feeling better

Antibiotics may also result in the following:

  • Harmful side effects
  • Development of a resistance to antibiotics

For treatment, it may be best to simply rest and drink plenty of fluids while using over-the-counter products. With the recent outbreak of Enterovirus EV-D68, as mentioned by PhysicianOne Urgent Care, many physicians could likely try and “sell” you on antibiotics, while it merely could have worse side effects.

Use Caution When Using Antibiotics

You should always use caution when using prescription medications. When it is not necessary to use them, you cause yourself harm through side effects and the future infections that arise from the development of antibiotic resistance.

Ideal Treatment Options

Any time you are not feeling well, it is always best to speak with your doctor regarding the best treatment options. This will help you arrive at a methodology for relieving some of the symptoms that you are experiencing. In addition to speaking with your doctor, you should also do the following:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages
  • Rest often
  • Try using a vaporizer or a saline nasal spray for congestion relief
  • If your throat is sore, try crushed ice, spray or lozenges
  • If you have the flu, try antiviral drugs

It is important to note that antiviral drugs are a prescription medication and should be used with caution, and that you should avoid using lozenges with small children.

What Should You Avoid?

When you are dealing with these sorts of illnesses, there are certain behaviors and actions that you should avoid. Foremost among these is demanding that your doctor provide you with antibiotics when they have already recommended against using them. This is especially the case when it comes to viral infections. It is always best to strictly adhere to the advice that your healthcare professional provides when it comes to medications and recommendations regarding their use.

The next time you are ill, we hope that this advice will prove to be helpful to you and that you are able to find some measure of relief due to the advice provided here.