Viruses are the most common cause of the upper respiratory tract infections. Infections caused by viruses can, however, have very similar symptoms to infections caused by bacteria. Accurate illness recognition allows to use a proper treatment method, which will ensure a fast recovery. It needs to be remembered that antibiotic (medicine that destroys bacteria) does not work on viruses and should only be used in bacterial infections.
Overusing anitibotics, meaning using them against viral infections, not only fails to cure the infection, but also has additional negative consequences:
- destroys the natural bacterial flora, which is an important anti-microbial protection of the organism,
- renders the bacterial flora resistant to antibiotics,
- promotes the development of drug-resistant microorganisms,
- hinders treatment in case of severe infection.
How to recognize a viral infection?
|Symptoms||Viral infections of upper respiratory tracts||Bacterial infections of upper respiratory tracts|
|Body temperature||raised, but usually below 38,5 degrees Celsius||usually above 38,5 degrees Celsius|
|Throat||painful, reddened, no secretion||heavily reddened, possible secretion on the tonsils|
|Cough||if any – dry||with expectoration of the secretion|
|Other||weakness, muscle pains, chills, headaches, headaches, loss of apetite||dyspnoea, abdominal pains or headaches|
|Use Neosine||Antibiotic recommended|