...And when should you use antibiotics and when not?
WHEN TO USE AN ANTIBIOTIC AND WHEN NOT
In order to understand this, an explanation of some terms are necessary.
A virus is smaller than a bacteria and is enclosed in a protective coating, so it is more difficult to kill. A virus need a living host to reproduce in, otherwise it cannot survive. In contrast a bacteria can reproduce and live on inanimate objects like doorknobs or be transferred via contaminated water or secretions. Viruses can only be carried in human secretions from one person to another.
The only way to kill a virus is via the body’s own innate immune system. Antibiotics only kill bacteria and have absolutely no effect on a virus.
Antibiotics will therefore be of no use in the following diseases:
Please contact us with your questions as well as effective and safe treatment and prevention of winter diseases.
Dr Marike de Klerk
M.Tech Hom (UJ)