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Cough, Sore Throat, Ear Pain

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Patient: Why wasn't I prescribed antibiotics?

Many common infections are caused by germs called viruses. Antibiotic medicines do not kill viruses. Also, many infections caused by germs called bacteria do not need antibiotics. This is why antibiotics are not prescribed for many infections. Learn more...

NHS Choices: Coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections


It’s normal for a child to have eight or more colds a year. This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they've never had them before.

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