Do not prescribe antibiotics for common cold, doctors urge

antibioticsThe American College of Physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued new advice relating to the use of antibiotics. In the paper, they say that patients with common cold should not be prescribed antibiotics. This has been informed by the inappropriate use of antibiotics leading to development of antibiotic resistant infections.

Antibiotic-resistant infections have spread over the recent past as well as superbugs which could be a big problem in the future. Estimates indicate about 2 million people in the US are infected with drug resistant bacteria with 23000 of them dying as a result. Doctors should point out the side effects of antibiotics to their patients and in cases of common cold; avoid using them unless symptoms persist.

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Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.