Antibiotics treat infections caused by bacteria. They don’t help with infections caused by other bugs such as viruses.
Antibiotics are extremely useful, sometimes lifesaving drugs. We need to use them carefully because overuse in the past has meant some bacteria have become hardened to the effect of antibiotics and are now difficult to treat.
Depending on the condition, antibiotics are available as injections, tablets, creams and drops.
It’s very important to use antibiotics correctly so that their life saving properties can be preserved for the people and pets that need them the most.