Knowing When To Take Antibiotics - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Knowing When To Take Antibiotics

Posted:

It's that time of year again, when you or a family member, or even someone you work with is coughing or sneezing due to a winter cold.

Sanford Family Medicine Doctor Jennifer Beckwith, says generally 85 to 90 percent of the common cold symptoms are actually caused by a virus, which is not treated with an antibiotic.

There are plenty of over the counter medications for common colds, but Beckwith says sometimes patients will get frustrated when their doctor doesn't prescribe an antibiotic for their cold or illness.

Sometimes prescribing an antibiotic when not needed can do more harm than good.

"I just think it's really important that people know for most of the time common colds are viruses and using an antibiotic, we can create antibiotic resistants, we can create side effects from the antibiotic so there are definitely risks in taking an antibiotic when you don't need it," Sanford Family Medicine Doctor, Jennifer Beckwith said.

Beckwith says if you ARE given an antibiotic it's important to completely finish the prescription EVEN if you start to feel better.

  • HealthMore>>

  • US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

    US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:25:12 GMT
    The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.
    The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.
  • US won't reveal records on health website security

    US won't reveal records on health website security

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:24:46 GMT
    The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's signature health care website because doing so could "potentially"...
    After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the...
  • Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

    Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:24:39 GMT
    Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
    Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.