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When someone says their child has (cold, flu, whatever) but has been on antibiotics for 3 days so they arent contagious anymore, how does that make sense? I mean antibiotics are not for viral things anyway, and even if they were, how does being on them affect being contagious or not?<br><br>
I have always wondered that.
 

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If it's viral it does nothing.<br><br>
If it's bacterial such as for instance in a child with whooping cough, the abx kills the bacteria which then is no longer passed on. The child still has wc because the cough is due to the bent or dried up little hair in the bronchial tubes (I forget the definition), but the bacteria is killed.<br><br>
Unfortunately, by the time the child knows s/he has wc, (which is not till child starts to cough) the bacteria has been spread around. And the abx does nothing for the child with wc other than prolong the cough.<br><br>
Does any of this make sens? I am tired and ought to go to bed now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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It doesn't really make sense because like Gitti said, if the infection is viral(which most are!) than it doesn't do anything to keep you from being contagious.
 

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It doesn't make any sense at all.<br>
But it does tell me that that person is not knowledgable about either virueses or antibiotics. I'll know to not go to them for any advice!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It doesn't make any sense at all.<br>
But it does tell me that that person is not knowledgable about either virueses or antibiotics. I'll know to not go to them for any advice!</div>
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Most people have no idea what antibiotics do in the body...they should teach that in high school biology( they kindof brushed over it in my highschool but they sure left out alot on information), but if they did they probably Walmart wouldn't be able to sell any more antibiotics...i used to get prescriptions for antibiotics all the time from doctors when i was younger for anything....they don't tell you what it does, just what they think it should be for, sometimes it's good for severe problems but i never questioned it until i was having chronic immune disorders like yeast infections and chronic swollen glands...antibiotics should be a last restort not a first one<--for a bacterial infection..not a viral one
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If it's viral it does nothing.<br><br>
If it's bacterial such as for instance in a child with whooping cough, the abx kills the bacteria which then is no longer passed on. The child still has wc because the cough is due to the bent or dried up little hair in the bronchial tubes (I forget the definition), but the bacteria is killed.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"></div>
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that also goes for the cilia lining in major bodily organs, like the kidneys and the digestive tract<--which also weakens natural immune system functions and your body still yet has to recover the bodies normal bacterial balance..yadda yadda yadda which also leaves you suseptable to other infections or diseases after your does of antibiotics...hmmmm
 
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