Antibiotics are not effective for treating colds because colds are caused by viruses, and antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria. Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary can lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a serious public health problem.
If you have a cold, the best way to treat it is to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce fever. You can also use decongestants and saline nasal sprays to help alleviate congestion.
It’s important to note that most colds will resolve on their own within a week or two without any specific treatment. If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if you develop new symptoms such as chest pain or difficulty breathing, it’s important to seek medical attention to rule out a more serious illness.