5 Ways to Tell If You Need an Antibiotic
An inexact science
By Amanda Gardner
Doctors consider some guidelines when mulling the antibiotic question, although it's still a gray area. It’s difficult to distinguish a severe viral infection from a mild-to-moderate bacterial infection based on symptoms alone.
So physicians often use their spider senses—a combination of experience and science—when deciding to dole out an antibiotic.
Read more on why it can be hard to tell if you need an antibiotic here.
Here are five things most doctors take into consideration when making that decision.