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What should I do if my doctor won't give me an antibiotic?

If your doctor won't give you an antibiotic and you don't understand why you're not getting one, ask the doctor about it. When people are at their doctors' offices they need to understand that if doctors are saying, “You don't need an antibiotic,” they're not doing it to be punitive in any way. They're not doing it to give you any type of lesser care. When antibiotics are prescribed in an inappropriate situation over time it can lead to an increased amount of bacterial resistance for certain bacteria.

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