When sickness strikes, we want to start feeling better as soon as possible! You might even think you need to get an antibiotic immediately so that your symptoms will go away sooner rather than later.

However, our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut wants you to know that an antibiotic is not always the answer. Read on as we take a look at the issue.

Do I Have a Bacterial Infection?

This seems like common senseā€”a bacterial infection is an infection caused by a bacteria.

If you’re diagnosed with a bacterial infection, an antibiotic is often an effective treatment method.

Bacterial Infections

  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Salmonella
  • Tuberculosis

Can I Take an Antibiotic for My Infection?

That depends on whether your infection is viral or bacterial. If you’re diagnosed with a bacterial infection, you may be prescribed an antibiotic. Antibiotics, though, aren’t an appropriate treatment for a viral infection.

They can actually cause more harm than good when you have a virus. But there are other steps you can take to get back to better health.

Treatments Other Than an Antibiotic

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Consider taking over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Gargle warm salt water if you are suffering from a sore throat.
  • Try to get plenty of rest.
  • Use a humidifier if you are experiencing congestion.

We are excited to be serving the Farragut community! Stop by AFC Urgent Care Farragut today if you’re feeling less than your best. No appointment is required.