What do you think is the most common medication found in a prepper’s bag? We would have guessed that more than half of you will say it is Antibiotics.
We commonly refer to them as antibiotics but these meds are also called antibacterials. The lesser common name describes more closely that antibiotics a type of antimicrobial drug and is used to treat bacterial infection.
Although antibiotics is a really useful medication to have around especially when there are no doctors around, you’ll have to really know when to use it in order to self medicate properly.
Sooner or later someone you know will need something a little stronger than a clean bandage. Antibiotics are used in the treatment of bacterial infections. A cut from a rusty piece of metal when the grid is up isn’t life threatening. Without something to fight the infection in a grid down world, a bacterial infection could spell death. Antibiotics do not work on viruses though, so they won’t help you out with every illness.
Never use Antibiotics if you have these 5 infections
The following are some basic guidelines from Familydoctor.org:
1.Colds and flu. Viruses cause these illnesses. They can’t be cured with antibiotics.
2.Cough or bronchitis. Viruses almost always cause these. However, if you have a problem with your lungs or an illness that lasts a long time, bacteria may actually be the cause. Your doctor may decide to try using an antibiotic.
3.Sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and don’t need antibiotics. However, strep throat is caused by bacteria. Your doctor can determine if you have strep throat and can prescribe an antibiotic.
4.Ear infections. There are several types of ear infections. Antibiotics are used for some (but not all) ear infections.
5.Sinus infections. Antibiotics are often used to treat sinus infections. However, a runny nose and yellow or green mucus do not necessarily mean you need an antibiotic. Read more about treating sinusitis.
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