This caught my eye because I want to make people aware of why we do not give "penicillin shots" or antibiotics for colds. First, antibiotics do not do anything for the common cold. Antibiotics are only helpful if you have an infection that is caused by bacteria. There has been a lot of antibiotic "misuse" in the U.S. (people not taking antibiotics correctly, over-prescribed, saving them for a "rainy day") and that has caused a lot of problems, including the fact that good old stand-by medications like penicillin are not working anymore because the bugs have become "resistant." We are getting "superbugs" that our current antibiotics cannot touch -- and this is a dangerous and important health crisis. To avoid your problem in the future, I would suggest proper symptom management and talking to your pharmacist about what products may be beneficial for you. This may include using nasal decongestants or saline irrigation systems to help cleanse your sinus cavity and avoid the possibilities of infection.
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