August 5, 2014 | Georgie

I hate having a cold! I always want a quick fix, and I used to think antibiotics would help. I was wrong - antibiotics don't help with colds or common coughs.

But scarily researchers have found the proportion of patients with colds being prescribed antibiotics by their GP increased by 40% between 1999 and 2011. This risks bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and highlights the huge improvements we need to make with prescribing them.

I'm seriously worried and wonder what we can do to help...

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