This post was inspired by a comment on a previous post about how “it is common medical advice not to prescribe antibiotics for common ailments such as a sinus infection especially in light of the dangers of antibiotic resistant viruses.” I agree, a responsible doctor won’t prescribe antibiotics for a virus because viruses don’t respond to antibiotics.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a collection of helpful links and found a chart (because charts are cool) to help clarify the differences between bacteria, viruses and fungi, and when antibiotics should be used.
- Germs: Understand and protect against bacteria, viruses and infection via the Mayo Clinic
- What’s the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection? via the Mayo Clinic
- Antibiotics: Misuse puts you and others at risk via the Mayo Clinic
- Bacterial and Viral Infections via WebMd
- What are Germs? via KidsHealth.org
Modern Medicine: Towards Prevention, Cure, Well-being and Longevity via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Cucumbers cause cholera via Kindism.org
Please remember, this is intended to offer people support, ideas, and resources. It is not in any way intended to be a substitute for medical advice or care. Please see a health care professional if you have concerns, especially if your concern is serious!