Should I Be Taking an Antibiotic for My Illness?

Warmer days should mean the end to sickness season, right? Well, not quite. Unfortunately, no matter what season we are in, sickness can happen at any time.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah wants you to know that when you do fall ill, we are here to help diagnose and treat your medical condition so that you can get to feeling as good as new as soon as possible!

But know that your treatment plan might not include an antibiotic, for good reason.

When Do I Need an Antibiotic?

By now, you have probably taken an antibiotic at least once in your lifetime. However, depending on what your medical diagnosis is, an antibiotic is not always needed.

Antibiotics are effective treatment for bacterial infections, but they are not effective in treating viruses.

Types of Bacterial Infections

  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Some sinus and respiratory infections
  • Skin infection
  • Meningitis

What Should I Do If I Have a Viral Infection?

Most viruses, including the flu and the common cold, simply have to run their course. But there are steps you can take to treat your symptoms.

Treatment for Viral Infections

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take over-the-counter medications for pain or cough.
  • Use a humidifier for congestion.

Are you feeling sick, but aren’t sure what’s wrong? Make a trip to AFC Urgent Care Ooltewah today to undergo a medical examination.