Who out there has ever been sick and just wanted it to go away? <raising hand> Why is it when we are feeling sick, we rush to the doctor and expect them to write a script for antibiotics? 9 times out of 10, they willingly comply.
Unless your illness is bacterial, the antibiotics most likely aren't going to help. Viral infections need to "run their course", antibiotics won't kill a virus. In fact, they can actually make things worse if you don't truly need them. How you ask? Well...... biocides, which is what antibiotics are kill the bacteria in the body. The good and the bad. Biocides don’t have a brain so they can't decipher which is good and beneficial and which is bad and needs to go. That is why a savvy doctor will tell you to take a probiotic after taking a round of antibiotics to help restore the good bacteria in the gut. Or they may tell you to eat yogurt.
Also, don't forget when you really and truly need to have an antibiotic to treat a real bacterial infection, what your body has become accustomed to may not work. Which means the heavy hitters are prescribed which may have more or worse side effects. Could it be one of the antibiotics listed in this Webmd.com article, “Certain Antibiotics Tied to Deadly Heart Vessel Tears: FDA. (1) "Fluoroquinolones have been a mainstay of antibiotic therapy, particularly for upper respiratory conditions, and have been around for more than three decades. They include Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin), Factive, (gemifloxacin), and Avelox ( moxifloxacin)."
Antibiotics affect your gut which is where about 80% of your immune system resides. If you haven't read my probiotic and digestive enzyme article, please do. Or my colostrum article, both talk about a healthy gut. If you do end up needing to take an antibiotic, you might want to have this info to heal the damage the medications do. If you have ever experienced diarrhea during or after taking antibiotics, you know that they affect the gut.