Illnesses that Antibiotics Can and Cannot Treat

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors

Getting sick is a pain, literally and figuratively. But in seeking relief from symptoms, it’s important to know what will help and what won’t—and that’s especially true when it comes to antibiotics. There are some types of infections, such as bacterial, that antibiotics can treat, but many, like the flu, which is typically viral, cannot be treated with antibiotics. Read through our infographic to learn about when antibiotics may be appropriate treatment, and when they aren’t.


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If you have a mild viral illness that doesn’t require antibiotics, like a cold, the CDC offers tips on how to feel better and relieve symptoms. You can also read more about the common illnesses featured in our infographic here.

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