Antibiotics are no longer routinely used to treat infections because:
- many infections are caused by viruses, therefore taking antibiotics will not be effective
- antibiotics are often unlikely to speed up the healing process and can cause side effects
- the more antibiotics are used to treat trivial conditions, the more likely they are to become ineffective for treating more serious conditions
Both the NHS and health organisations across the world are trying to reduce the use of antibiotics, especially for health problems that are not serious.
Speak to your pharmacist for help and advice on managing your summer health symptoms like Sunburn, Bites and Stings, Travel sickness or hayfever.
If you are feeling under the weather your pharmacist can help you with treatments for common health conditions like stomach upsets, allergies, aches and pains, colds and coughs