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Medical Treatment for a Cold
Many people may see their doctor because they think antibiotics can treat a cold. Antibiotics may kill bacteria but have no effect on viruses that usually cause colds.
Don't expect the doctor to prescribe an antibiotic for a cold, even if one is requested. Antibiotics may not prevent bacterial infections developing from a cold, such as sinusitis or ear infections, even if taken "just in case" and may lead to diarrhea or the development of more serious problems such as infection with Clostridium difficile or allow some organisms become resistant to the antibiotics.
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