Taking antibiotics for viral infections:
No prevention from spreading to others
No relief to patients
Unnecessary and harmful side effects
To feel better when you or your child has a viral infection:
Consult your physician for symptomatic treatment.
Drink more fluids.
Get plenty of rest.
Gargling with warm salty water
Vaporizer or saline nasal spray can be used to relieve congestion.
If diagnosed with the flu, flu antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness. They are prescription drugs. Consult your Physician.
Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
Drinking hot water with honey and lemon — a simple and effective home remedy
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