Antibiotics Are Good For…

ear infection

While there are many time in your life where you may be told you need to take antibiotics but don’t need them at all in that situation, there definitely are times where you do need to take antibiotics. Ask your doctor in a case by case scenario for their recommendation but remember to ask questions as to why they recommend things. Sometimes doctors can be wrong, and the way to get the best advice is do your research and ask questions. So when do we need to take antibiotics? The below is not a complete list, there are probably sicknesses that we have never heard of that may require antibiotics, so again, ask your doctor if you have any concerns.

Ear Infections

Seeing as antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, your doctor will need to make the call about ear infections as they can be either bacterial or virus form. If it’s a bacterial ear infection, it is recommended that you take antibiotics.

Strep Throat

While a sore throat is a virus infection and doesn’t need antibiotics, strep throat is bacterial infection that does require antibiotics. So how can we tell that we have strep throat and not just a sore throat? Well, strep throat is usually a lot sorer. But the best way to find out is to check with your doctor so they can perform a test if it is a virus or a bacterial infection.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is caused when one (or both) of your two tonsils become infected. It is their job to act as filters blocking germs from entering your body. So it is understandable that once in a while they get infected. This is another case where the infection can be both virus infected, or bacterial infected. So again, you will need to see your doctor to determine what type of infection you have.

Breast Augmentation Surgery

Breast augmentation surgery is a major surgery and should be taken seriously. But the jury is currently out on this one whether we need antibiotics after the procedure or not. If your breast size is small, many choose breast augmentation to help their confidence. It is best if you follow your surgeon and doctors’ advice on a case by case scenario before a general consensus is decided.