Spalding area residents are urged to use antibiotics wisely
People across Lincolnshire are being urged to use antibiotics responsibly and in moderation during the winter.
GPs and pharmacists across want to remind members of the public that antibiotics only work on infections caused by bacteria, not those caused by viruses, such as common winter coughs, colds and flu.
People are also encouraged to practice good hygiene, such as regular hand washing, to avoid infections and help prevent them spreading to others.
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We all have a role to play in fighting antibiotic resistance by using antibiotics wisely.
Using antibiotics when you don’t need them can contribute to the problem of antibiotic resistance. Basically, the more antibiotics are used, the more chances bacteria have to become resistant to them. Antibiotics should only be used when really needed and when prescribed by a doctor.
In many cases taking simple remedies, such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and cold and flu products will provide relief from symptoms such as aches and pains. People are also advised to take lots of rest by staying at home and drinking plenty of fluids.