Say No to Unnecessary Antibiotics: Watchful Waiting is Often the Best Medicine for Common Cool-Weather Illnesses
As the cold and flu season gets underway, the American Osteopathic Association advises families that a visit to the doctor may not be necessary for many common illnesses, even if the patient is too sick for school or work.
The majority of cool weather upper respiratory illnesses—like colds, flu, bronchitis and sinusitis—are caused by viral infections. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and do not speed recovery from a virus. Many patients aren’t aware of the distinction and are frustrated when physicians refuse to prescribe antibiotics for viruses.
Jennifer Caudle, DO, assistant professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, is available as a media spokesperson to discuss when to see a physician, when an antibiotic is appropriate to prescribe and how to avoid getting sick during the winter.
Read the full news release online and learn more about DOs and the osteopathic approach to medicine by visiting www.DoctorsThatDO.org.