Preventative Medicine Specialist Questions Viral Infections

Do antibiotics work even for a viral infection?

I have a viral infection, and the doctor prescribed me a Z Pak. What should I do at home to make sure that nobody in my family gets sick as well?

2 Answers

Z Pak is not for viral infection but for secondary bacterial infection. To prevent the spread of a viral infection within your family: isolate yourself in a separate room, practice good hand hygiene, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, avoid sharing utensils and personal items, regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, consider wearing a mask, monitor symptoms in family members, and follow your healthcare provider's instructions for medication. Consult with a healthcare professional for specific guidance tailored to your situation.
Antibiotics do not work on viral infections. If, however, the viral infection is complicated by a superimposed bacterial infection, then antibiotics may be helpful. But no…antibiotics should not be given for a viral infection.

David Wishnew, MD
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