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Can antibiotics prevent bacterial infections?

Using antibiotics to prevent a bacterial infection only contributes to antibiotic resistance. That same antibiotic may not work the next time it's needed -- and if you get an infection, it can be much more difficult to treat. It's best to wait and use antibiotics only if a bacterial infection is confirmed.

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