(HealthDay News) -- The more you take an antibiotic unnecessarily, the more likely bacteria can adapt and become resistant to the drug.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this advice to help prevent antibiotic resistance:
- Ask your doctor whether you need an antibiotic to treat your illness.
- Consider whether there are other ways to help you feel better that don't involve an antibiotic.
- Never take an antibiotic to treat a viral infection, such as the flu or common cold. An antibiotic can only treat infections that are bacterial, not viral.
- Always take an antibiotic exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or stop taking it before your prescription is finished.
- Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed for someone else.
-- Diana Kohnle
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