If you have a cold or flu antibiotics won't work for you.
Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus may do more harm than good.
Cough and nasal discharge can last over 2 weeks with a virus or flu. Use over the counter medications to alleviate your specific symptoms, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
If symptoms worsen after 5-7 days, go see your medical provider for an evaluation.
Don't forget to get your flu shot!
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