Roundup: Myths about antibiotics debunked – from how long to take them for to the impact on your gut health

The Government is trying to reduce the consumption of antibiotics (Photo: Israel Sebastian/Moment RF/Getty)

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Research has found 20 per cent of antibiotic prescriptions in England are inappropriate, meaning they’re for conditions that aren’t bacterial


How to safely take antibiotics

“Antibiotics are prescribed to address bacterial infections through the suppression or elimination of bacterial growth,” explains Dr Aman Harghandewal, a GP at ZEN Healthcare. Because they only treat bacterial conditions such as strep throat, urinary tract infections (UTIs), bacterial pneumonia and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), antibiotics should not be prescribed to treat the common cold, Covid, thrush or any other viral or yeast infections…

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