Resfriados, gripe y antibióticos

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Definición

Los resfriados y las gripes NO se curan con antibióticos.

Nombres alternativos

Antibióticos con resfriados y gripe

Información

Los antibióticos combaten las infecciones bacterianas, pero no tratan infecciones virales como los

y la . Si usted padece una infección viral, los antibióticos NO lo mejorarán.

Los antibióticos pueden destruir las bacterias normales ("saludables") que viven en el cuerpo, lo que puede producir síntomas como náuseas, diarrea y candidiasis vaginales.

El uso excesivo de antibióticos ha jugado un papel en el aumento de infecciones bacterianas resistentes a los medicamentos. Tomar antibióticos también ofrece un riesgo de reacción alérgica, así que no se deben tomar cuando no existe ningún posible beneficio.

Referencias

Anon JB. Upper Respiratory Infections. American Journal of Medicine. April 2010;123(4):suppl 1.

Lindell A, Kelsberg G, Safranek S. Antibiotics for viral upper respiratory tractinfections in children. Am Fam Physician. 2011;83(6):747-752.

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