Management of infection guidance for primary care for consultation and local adaptation

Public Health England

The consumption of antibiotics grew by 6.5% between 2011 and 2014, sometimes prescribed inappropriately for coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear infections. While antibiotics are a useful tool to treat dangerous infections, knowing which ones to prescribe, when to avoid prescribing them, and only using broad-spectrum antibiotics where absolutely necessary is crucial to the longevity of antibiotic effectiveness and to preventing resistance.

This updated Guidelines summary covers best practice in the treatment of infections and responsible antibiotic use, including the most recent updates to guidance on treating urinary tract infections.

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