When you need antibiotics — and when you don’t

You’re sick. You’re not sure what it is, but you know you would really love for this achy feeling, stuffed up head, or painful cough to go away. So you go to the doctor — and demand drugs.

If recent research is any indication, your physician will likely prescribe you an antibiotic, even if he or she knows it won’t make you better any faster.

“Research has shown that several common infections do not require antibiotics. Yet we continue to unnecessarily take them,” said Amanda Helberg, a physician assistant at Scott & White Lago Vista Clinic in Lago Vista, Texas. “This overuse of antibiotics has led to ‘superbugs,’ and now bacterial resistance is on the rise.”