With the cold weather arriving so is cold and flu season. The best way to try and stay healthy is to make sure we are washing our hands and taking a multi-vitamin to keep our immune system healthy. Keeping stress levels low and continuing our healthy habits is also another way to keep us healthy this winter season. If you do get sick and your immune system is on the healthier side you should be able to recover rather quickly however, sometimes you can get a bacterial infection and are prescribed antibiotics. These antibiotics are used for bacterial infections only; you should not take them for sinus or ear infections, viruses (colds/flu) or sore throats. The uses of antibiotics are not a quick fix for an illness and taking them when unnecessary can cause unwanted side effects and delay recovery.
Side effects from antibiotics can include but are not limited to; diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain or colitis. Although diarrhea may be the most common side effect if you do have a fever or abdominal pain after taking antibiotics, contact your doctor immediately. Antibiotics can help to kill off the bacterial infection but it can also kill off good bacteria. Taking a probiotic can be helpful to help replenish any of the bacteria your gut needs. Make sure you tell your doctor any other medications you are taking, including birth control. Taking antibiotics can interfere with oral birth control.
Taking preventative measures to keep your immune system healthy is always the best way to fight off viruses. Getting adjusted with your local San Diego Chiropractor are a great way to keep the nervous system functioning properly and your immune system working at its most optimal. Many San Diego Chiropractors agree getting adjusted, taking a multivitamin, daily exercise and eating healthy is the best way to stay healthy all year long!