Did your doctor "Do Anything"?


Perhaps this has happened to you: Your recent cough kept you up for another night, so you went to the doctor. The nurse took your vitals, the doctor asked you some questions, listened to your lungs, maybe looked at your ears and your throat, and recommended rest, fluids, over the counter treatments and time. It all seemed fine until you got home and realized the doctor did not “do anything” for you.

Why didn’t the doctor prescribe an antibiotic? What could it hurt?

The use of antibiotics has been a blessing and a lifesaver. On the flip side, antibiotic resistance and opportunistic inf...

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