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Get Smart About Antibiotic Use

The Centers for Disease Control urges physicians and patients alike to understand when an antibiotic is a useful tool and when it is not.  Evidence based steps to identify when an antibiotic is useful and when it is not is the best approach to avoid antibiotic resistance.

This means an office visit when you believe an antibiotic is needed.  At the time of service we can perform a Complete Blood Cell count – this may indicate whether you have a bacterial infection, a viral infection, or an allergy.  For upper respiratory illnesses, a strep test can indicate if you may have a strep infection that may be treated with an antibiotic.  For a suspected Urinary Tract Infection a standard urinalysis may provide evidence as to the probability of an infection or a different problem.

To this end, we will not provide antibiotics without an office visit.