Do I Need an Antibiotic?

When we start to not feel well, it’s fairly common to jump to the assumption that we need an antibiotic. However, this is not always the case, especially if your infection is viral rather than bacterial.

But why aren’t antibiotics always effective treatment? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Fountain City takes a look at the issue:

What Is a Bacterial Infection?

Put simply, a bacterial infection is an infection caused by a bacteria.

Although most bacteria are harmless, some bacteria (fewer than 1%) can cause diseases. An antibiotic is often an effective treatment for a bacterial infection.

Examples of a Bacterial Infection

  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • E. coli
  • Salmonella
  • Urinary tract infection

What Is a Virus?

A virus can cause a disease to occur when it infects a cell. It needs to have a host cell in order to grow and thrive in an environment that can cause a person to fall ill.

Unlike with a bacterial infection, a viral infection can not be treated with an antibiotic.

Examples of Virus

  • Influenza
  • Common cold
  • Encephalitis
  • Measles
  • Mumps

Do you think you might be suffering from a virus? Visit AFC Urgent Care Fountain City today to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan from a knowledgeable and experienced physician!