What Is the Difference Between a Bacterial Infection and a Viral Infection?

When you are not feeling well, all you want to do is feel as good as new as soon as possible. You might think that an antibiotic can help you do just that.

But an antibiotic isn’t always the solution. Read on as our AFC Urgent Care Sevierville team takes a look at the issue.

Can I Take an Antibiotic for an Infection?

That depends on the type of illness you have.

If you have a bacterial infection, antibiotics are often an effective treatment. But if you have a virus, antibiotics aren’t effective.

That’s why your doctor won’t always prescribe an antibiotic when you aren’t feeling well. Taking one when you have a virus can actually do more harm than good.

Bacterial Infection Cases

  • Some sinus or respiratory infections
  • Skin infection
  • Meningitis
  • Urinary tract infections

What Can I Do for a Viral Infection

While you can’t take an antibiotic for a virus, there are things you can do to feel better while the infection is running its course.

Treatment for a Viral Infection

  • Take an over-the-counter medication for pain and/or fever.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Use a humidifier for congestion.

Have you been feeling under the weather for the last few days? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Sevierville for a medical evaluation by a knowledgeable and experienced physician who can give you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.