Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them can make you become resistant to the, which means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
If you or a family member feel unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven’t been prescribed antibiotics, there are some effective self-care ways to help you feel better:
How long should my symptoms last for?
Here are a few guidelines to help you judge how long some common illnesses and symptoms should last for: Common illnesses Most people are better by Earache (middle ear infection) 8 days Sore throat 7–8 days Sinusitis (adults only) 14–21 days Cold 14 days Cough or bronchitis 21 days.
|Common Illnesses||Most people are better by|
|Earache (Middle ear infection)||8 days|
|Sore throat||7 – 8 days|
|Sinusitis (adults only)||14 – 21 days|
|Cough or bronchitis||21 days|
If you’re not starting to feel better by these guide times, contact your GP or call NHS 111.
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