People with runny noses and green phlegm may not need antibiotics, doctors and public health experts claim.
Fight against drug-resistant bacteria
Health experts have become outspoken about when antibiotics are needed, and have advised doctors to be more straight forward about explaining the differences to their patients instead of just prescribing antibiotics.
Still, studies show many adults and children are given the medicines for colds and coughs.
That antibiotics were needed to treat such infectionswas described as a “prevailing myth.”
Public Health England and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) said the symptoms were often caused by viruses and the use of drugs was leading to resistance.
‘Overuse of antibiotics’
Using antibiotics affects trillions of bacteria that naturally live in the human body, which increases the risk of antibiotic resistance.
“Overuse of antibiotics is a serious public health concern,” RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker pointed out, explaining that infections can “adapt to antibiotics used to kill them and can ultimately make treatment ineffective so it’s crucial that antibiotics are used appropriately.”
This advice on antibiotic use comes on European Antibiotics Awareness Day.