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Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely

Here are potential risks

(HealthDay News) -- An antibiotic can be a lifesaver if you or someone you love has a bacterial infection.

But an antibiotic isn't always appropriate or necessary, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are potential risks:

  • Causing inadvertent destruction of "good" bacteria, which may cause additional problems, such as a yeast infection or diarrhea.
  • Causing an infection that's resistant to antibiotics and is difficult to treat. This type of infection may become severe and lead to hospitalization.
  • Developing a serious allergic reaction that may require hospitalization.

Before you use any antibiotic, make sure your doctor approves.

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