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Natalie T. Shum, MD
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
When do I need an antibiotic if I have a cold?
If you have a cold caused by a virus, you won't need an antibiotic. In this video, Natalie Shum, MD, an emergency medicine doctor at West Hills Hospital, describes how taking too many antibiotics can be dangerous for your health . . .
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Colds and Flu Videos
White Bean Soup
Stave off sniffles with this hearty soup. White kidney beans and spinach contain zinc, a powerful immunity booster; tomatoes add an extra dose of vitamin C.
When the Flu Becomes Dangerous
If you’ve got a cold, the flu, or even something like mono, an antibiotic isn’t going to make you feel better. Learn when antibiotics are the right treatment.
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