Don't always expect antibiotics when you go to the doctor with an infection


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January 2004 - Don't always expect antibiotics when you go to the doctor with an infection

Many everyday infections (e.g. colds, flu, sore throats) are caused by viruses and taking antibiotics will not help. Research has shown that doctors are influenced by your expectations when you visit them. Try not to expect to go away with antibiotics before the doctor has made a diagnosis. He/she will then discuss the most appropriate treatment with you.

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MeSH Keywords: Drug resistance, Microbial



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