Antibiotics have saved millions of lives over the past 100 years. They are used to treat bacterial infections and are one of the most effective ways to shorten a hospital stay. However, antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections.
This means that strep throat, ear infections and urinary tract infections are all treatable with antibiotics. So, why are people so afraid of using them? Most antibiotics are highly effective against bacterial infections, but not fungal or viral infections. When an antibiotic is taken for a viral infection, it does nothing. And taking it for a viral infection can lead to drug-resistant bacteria growing.