How long do I need to wait before taking antibiotics for a cold?

“When do I need to take antibiotics for a cold?” Deciding whether to head for the doctor’s office or wait out a sickness can be tough.

It is possible to have an upper respiratory infection or cold if you have a runny nose, nasal congestion, a sore throat, and a cough. 

A virus is to blame for an infection of the upper respiratory tract. Viral infections can progress in a variety of ways. The most common symptoms of these diseases are a runny nose, sore throat, and fever.

A cough may develop as the infection worsens. It is common for fevers to persist only a few days, while cold symptoms can last up to 14 days. An antibiotic cannot kill a virus. With time, your body’s immune system takes care of it.

Once we have ruled out Covid infection, these are the symptoms that indicate that you should come into the clinic and begin antibiotic therapy.

  • Extremely high fever that persists despite the use of fever-reducing medications and lasts for more than 2-3 days.
  • Excessive sobbing and sluggishness are symptoms of a “toxic” demeanor.
  • Signs of dehydration include refusal to eat or drink.
  • Coughing, fast breathing, or respiratory discomfort can cause excruciating pain.
  • A nosebleed that is bloody or phlegmatic
  • Symptoms lasting more than 14 days in the absence of any of the above conditions

Antibiotics are used to treat a secondary infection in the sinuses, ears, throat, and chest caused by bacteria. 

Antibiotics should be avoided wherever possible in order to avoid the development of germs that are resistant to them. In order to avoid overusing antibiotics, they should only be used in cases where no other option exists.

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