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Can antibiotics help treat a cold?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Both 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.

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