Common respiratory infections (bronchitis, cold, cough, ear infection, flu, sinusitis, sore throat) are usually caused by viruses, and fever for a few days is common.
Antibiotics do not work for any of these conditions for most people; viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics can cause side effects and can reduce your resistance to infection. Overuse makes the germs more resistant to the antibiotics with the danger that really serious infections could become untreatable.
Please note that if a small baby (under 6 weeks old) is ill you should still contact your doctor as soon as possible.
For more information regarding common minor illnesses (including urine infections (UTI)) please look at the following link to NHS Choices website.
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NHS England has advised General Practitioners that patients should purchase over the counter medication for hayfever/rhinitis.
This advice includes all patients aged 16 and over who are currently receiving free prescriptions, pre-paid or are medically exempt from paying prescription charges.
Giffard Drive Surgery GPs will be following this advice as from May 2018.