Are antibiotics necessary for a sore throat?

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually don’t work. Most health authorities advise against the overuse of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor. Note that antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections.8

For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either.

By using an anti-bacterial solution like BETADINE® Mouthwash & BETADINE® Gargle regularly, you can prevent a throat infection