Understanding respiratory tract infections in primary care
I would recomend that the use of antibiotics can be reduced more
easily a)by explaining that viruses,the usual cause of respiratory tract
infections do not respond to antibiotics,and b)in that the symptoms are
caused by an inflammatory process,the use of anti-inflammatory treatment
will actually cut short the duration of what can often be long drawn-out
symptoms, thereby reducing parent pressure for antibiotics.
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