Antibiotics for H1N1 Infection Worsens the Condition

by Julia Samuel on February 9, 2015 at 2:43 PM
Antibiotics for H1N1 Infection Worsens the Condition

The common symptoms of swine flu are cold, cough, sore throat which are mainly caused by viruses and using antibiotics to cure them only worsens immunity and causes antibiotic resistance and that makes a person more susceptible to secondary bacterial infections which can be difficult to cure later on.

Consuming antibiotics will not help in curing swine flu but only worsen the condition as antibiotics are for bacterial infection.


Dr Kamlesh Upadhyay, swine flu director of Gujarat cautioned pregnant women who fall in the high-risk group with high mortality rates of the disease, to take swine flu vaccination.

"If a woman is pregnant, not only she but her family members should also take vaccination as a protective measure," he added.

"In majority of patients who are admitted with serious complications of H1N1, we've found that either the patient delayed getting treatment from doctors or doctors put them on antibiotics which would not help in a viral fever. There is a tradition of misusing antibiotics. I feel that if anti-viral medicine is used, it will be of greater benefit," said Dr Upadhyay.

Hence it is strongly advised to not use antibiotics without consulting a doctor and if you show any signs and symptoms of swine flu, visit a doctor immediately.

Source: Medindia
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