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.