by Asma Khan, MD, HRHCare Urgent Care, Nyack
If you’ve been laid low by the flu, you’ll want something that will give you immediate relief. However, if you ask your doctor for antibiotics, you may be surprised by the answer you get. The flu is a viral infection as opposed to a bacterial one, so antibiotics won’t help. Long term, they could do more harm than good.
It is possible to get serious secondary bacterial infections from the flu, some of which do require antibiotics. So how do you know when you need them?