Antibiotics can help you. But they can also harm you.
Talk to your health care provider to make sure you only use antibiotics for the right reasons — and at the right time. If you do take antibiotics, make sure to take full amount that you were prescribed.
Do You Really Need Antibiotics?
Seniors often get antibiotics for:
Eczema (itchy, red rashes)
Wounds, or torn skin, from surgery
Colds and runny noses
Before you take antibiotics, ask if you really need them. Also ask about the risks and benefits. Remember, antibiotics don’t work for viral infections, like the common cold.