According to the IMA, antibiotics won’t be effective for seasonal colds and coughs
In spite of patients experiencing signs and symptoms like vomiting, headaches, and body aches, among others, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has recommended taking antibiotics during the seasonal cold and cough.
Using the “National Center for Disease Control” (NCDC) as a source, it was said that the H3N2 influenza virus is typically responsible for a fever that disappears after three days but continues to cough for up to three weeks.
The IMA also advised against taking antibiotics for these colds and coughs and instead recommended symptomatic treatment, which involves medical therapy or medications that improve the symptoms. The medical organisation also advised against prescribing antibiotics without first determining if the condition was bacterial or not.
But, at the moment, people begin taking antibiotics like azithromycin and amoxiclav, among others, without regard for how often they should do so and quit once they begin to feel better. Antibiotic resistance is the result of this, so it must cease. Antibiotics will never be truly effective because of resistance, according to a statement by the IMA.
It went on to say that despite the lack of any pertinent symptoms, doctors frequently prescribe various medicines. According to the report, 70% of cases of diarrhoea are viral in origin, although doctors still recommend antibiotics in such circumstances.
The most commonly consumed medicines are levofloxacin, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, and ofloxacin. It was added that they are used to treat diarrhoea and urinary tract infections.