Let’s face it. Not feeling well is no fun, especially when the warmer days are finally arriving in Knoxville!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway wants you to know that we are here for you whenever you fall ill. But one common issue we see is patients who think an antibiotic is the solution to every illness—and that’s just not true. Read on as we take a look at the topic.

What’s the Difference Between a Viral and Bacterial Infection?

While bacteria is a one-celled microscopic organism that can be found anywhere, including throughout our bodies, a virus needs a host in order to thrive and replicate.

Antibiotics are effective treatment for bacterial illnesses, but are not effective in treating viral illnesses.

Types of Bacterial Infections

Some of the more common bacterial infections include:

  • Salmonella
  • Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Vibrio vulnificus
  • Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Bacterial meningitis i

What If I Cannot Take an Antibiotic?

Do not worry if the illness you are suffering from can’t be treated with an antibiotic. While it might take longer to move through your system, there are other treatment methods that can be helpful in getting you feeling as good as new!

Other Treatment Methods

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Gargle warm salt water if suffering from a sore throat.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Try over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Use a humidifier if experiencing congestion.

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Chapman Highway team today.