Types of Germs:
Differences Between Viruses and Bacteria
|Viruses are very small germs.||Bacteria are germs that are larger than viruses|
|Viruses cause illnesses like the cold or flu.||<Bacteria cause illnesses like strep throat|
|Antibiotics don't work to treat viral infections.||Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections.|
|Viral illnesses can be treated with over-the-counter medicines to help you feel better. Talk to your doctor to find out what kind of medicine is best for you.||Make sure you take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor until it's all gone.|
What's causing it!
Do I need antibiotics?
|Antibiotics are strong medicines but they donít cure all illnesses. Remember that antibiotics are only used to treat bacterial illnesses. Read the chart and know what causes each illness and if antibiotics are needed or not. Talk to your doctor to find out what kind of medicine is best for you.|
|Illness||Usual Cause||Antibiotic Needed?|
|* If the illness is caused by a bacterial infection|
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