Here’s another great video from Healthcare Triage by Aaron Carroll, MD, on the overuse of antibiotics.
I’ve posted on this topic a few times. Whether it’s physicians prescribing unnecessary antibiotics because they think it’s what the patient wants, or patients demanding antibiotics because it’s what they think they need, too many antibiotics are still being prescribed.
Antibiotic prescriptions are particularly abundant during the cold and flu season, even though the vast majority of colds, coughs and sinus infections are viral and don’t need antibiotics.
Save your money, don’t insist on antibiotics!
And not sure if you should see a doctor? Check with your insurance company or local hospital to see if they have a nurse hotline to help you “triage” your symptoms. It might save you paying for an unnecessary office visit.