Do I Always Need an Antibiotic?

Cough, cough. Oh no. Are you starting to feel under the weather? It might be time for an antibiotic, right? Not so fast!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Knoxville wants you to know that while an antibiotic can help some people fight their infection, it doesn’t work in every scenario.

When Can I Take an Antibiotic?

Depending on the type of infection you are suffering from, you may or may not need an antibiotic.

Bacterial infections are effectively treated with an antibiotic, but viruses are not.

Types of Bacterial Infections

  • Some ear infections
  • Bacterial sinus infections
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infection

What If I Have a Virus?

If you end up having a virus rather than a bacterial infection, then an antibiotic will not be effective.

Instead, you just need to let the virus run its course. You can take steps to help alleviate the individual symptoms you’re experiencing.

Treatment for Viral Infections

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Gargle warm salt water for a sore throat.
  • Use a humidifier for congestion.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication for a headache or pain.

Are you feeling under the weather? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Knoxville today for a medical evaluation.