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Do you really need prescribed antibiotics for a common cold?

February 06, 2019 - 3:00 am
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KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — We are in the hub of cold and flu season. If you are under the weather, you're probably thinking, "I want an antibiotic to get me through this." 

Actually, this is not what you want. 

The American College of Physicians and the CDC are asking physicians not to prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily for colds, sore throats, bronchitis and sinus infections that aren't complicated. Antibiotics are prescribed at more than 100 million adult ambulatory care visits every year, and 41 percent of these prescriptions are for respiratory conditions. 

Overuse contributes to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections. We should only use these medications when necessary.