People in Leeds take more than half a million courses of antibiotics per year. But the more we take the less effective they may be as we build up our resistance to them.
It’s important that antibiotics are taken only when needed. Antibiotics do not work for illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats as they are caused by viruses. If you do take antibiotics when they are not needed, they might not work as well if you do need them in future.
The best advice for coughs, colds and sore throats is to rest and take plenty of fluids. You can also visit the local pharmacist who can offer advice about medications which can help ease your symptoms.
GPs are always under pressure and this increases over the winter so remember that your pharmacist is an experienced professional who can help and provide advice.
You can also visit the NHS Choices website.
For more information visit http://www.leeds.nhs.uk/isitforme. There’s also lots more information about staying well this winter at www.leeds.gov.uk/wrapupwinter. You can also join the discussion and share your messages with us on twitter: @betterliveslds using #wrapupwinter