Limiting Antibiotic Use | McFarland Clinic

Limiting Antibiotic Use | McFarland Clinic


One of the best ways to limit use of antibiotics is to prevent illnesses that might require them. Wash your hands, cover your cough, get your
recommended vaccines, maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, and stay home when you’re
sick. When you are ill, stay well hydrated. If you do have a bacterial infection and are
prescribed antibiotics by your doctor, make sure you take them according to their directions
and finish them all in order to prevent resistance in the future. As your doctor, we want to help you feel better,
and sometimes that means not prescribing antibiotics, as they may do more harm than good if you
have a viral illness. This way, when you do need them, they’ll
work and may continue to in the future. For further information check out the CDCs
“Be Antibiotics Aware” campaign online. And if you ever have any questions on whether
your illness needs specific treatment or not, it’s best to visit with your primary care
physician.

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