Use of Antibiotics

Einsatz von Antibiotika

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria and not against viruses. The common cold, the flu, and acute otitis media are usually viral infections. Hence, antibiotics do not work in these cases.

The following fact boxes will help you weigh the benefits and harms of Antibiotics.

> Fact box Antibiotics for acute bronchitis

Fact box Antibiotics for acute middle ear infection

> Fact box Antibiotics for the common cold

Note on the Use of Antibiotics

An overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance means that antibiotics lose their ability to kill bacteria or inhibit their growth. Acquired resistance, which occurs through genetic changes to bacteria, is problematic because it reduces the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment.