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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredAntibiotics will not help treat the flu, because they fight bacterial infections, not viral illnesses like influenza or the common cold. Taking an antibiotic for the flu will not speed recovery, provide symptom relief, or make you any less contagious. In fact, taking an antibiotic when you don’t need it can put you at higher risk of acquiring an infection that resists antibiotic treatment. However, if you are diagnosed with the flu, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication that can shorten the illness, lessen its severity, and reduce the risk of complications.
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredBoth the flu (influenza) and the common cold are caused by viruses, so antibiotics do not treat them. However, some of the complications of colds and influenza are bacterial, such as ear infections, sinus infections, and pneumonia. Antibiotics can be used to treat these complications.