Antibiotic use in acute upper respiratory infections

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Not every infection is the same.

As a result, not every infection should get the same type of treatment.

Dr. Edwin Robinson is often asked when an antibiotic is appropriate to treat upper respiratory infections.

Upper respiratory tract infections (URIS) account for millions of visits to family physicians and urgent care centers each year.

The big difference comes with bacterial infections and viral infections. Mild cases of acute bacterial infections can be managed with watching waiting.

Antibiotics should not be considered in patients with the common cold or laryngitis.

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