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Why can't antibiotics be used to treat colds or flu?

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Answer #1 | 01/05 2017 04:14
Antibiotics kill bacteria, colds and flu are a virus not bacterial.
Positive: 87.5 %
Answer #2 | 01/05 2017 07:02
Because those illnesses are caused by viruses, and antibiotics don't work on viruses.
Positive: 75 %
Answer #3 | 03/05 2017 17:45
Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment. If secondary infection by bacteria takes place, then antibiotics will be administered.
Positive: 55.555555555556 %
Answer #4 | 01/05 2017 04:10
I would think they are not strong enough, but idk
Positive: 50 %
Answer #5 | 03/05 2017 16:58
Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, not viruses. Colds and flu are caused by viruses. Antibiotics have no effect on either of them.
Positive: 50 %
Answer #6 | 01/05 2017 07:56
Colds and flu are caused by viruses, and antibiotics have no effect on viruses.
Positive: 44.444444444444 %
Answer #7 | 01/05 2017 04:27
They are given all the time to treat them, but if they aren't bacterial and sensitive to the antibiotic they won't work.
Positive: 37.5 %
Answer #8 | 02/05 2017 01:04
Antibiotics can only kill or weaken bacteria because it interferes with their mechanisms. The cold and the flu are caused by viruses which are completely different from bacteria.
Positive: 20 %

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