Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them. This puts you and your family at risk of a more severe or longer illness.
Always take your doctors or nurses advice when it comes to antibiotics. Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain.
How to look after yourself and your family:
If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven’t been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective self-care ways to help you feel better.
Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty.
- Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.
- Make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection to family and friends.
How long should my symptoms last for?
Here are a few guidelines to help you judge how long some common illnesses and symptoms should last for:
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/keepantibioticsworking