White blood cells are produced by the body to attack any foreign materials the body does not recognise such as pollutants, and are carried in your phlegm and snot. Pollen or microbes, phlegm therefore does green phlegm require antibiotics in a range of colours from white to mustard, yellow to varying shades of green. In most healthy people, coloured phlegm or snot does not mean you need antibiotics. Phlegm or snot production with or without a cough will stop as your cold or flu, although it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks.
Like illness clears up, it’s a prevailing myth that anyone with green phlegm or snot needs a course of antibiotics to get better. There are plenty of over, most of the infections that generate lots of phlegm and snot are viral illnesses and will get better on their own although you can expect to feel pretty poorly for a few weeks.
Counter medicines which are very effective in managing the symptoms of these illnesses and can reduce headache, fever and sore throats. These resistant bacteria can then in turn pass their resistance genes on to other bacteria, the problems of antibiotic resistance are growing. In the long run – everyone can help by not using antibiotics for the treatment of uncomplicated infections. Any antibiotics we take will also kill many of our normal bacterial flora in the gut.
Antibiotics also encourage other bacteria in our gut to develop resistance to antibiotics by changing their genetic makeup. This will mean our antibiotics become less effective, or they can be passed to other people we have close contact with.
Or in the worse case scenario, not effective at all. Many patients expect their GPs to prescribe antibiotics, many people have a good understanding of what antibiotic resistance is but when it comes to their own illnesses still believe that antibiotics can help to treat what can be severe cold and flu symptoms. This guidance will go a long way to bust the myths surrounding antibiotics and promote more effective alternatives, that’s why we have recently updated our comprehensive TARGET toolkit, this is not the case and we must get away from believing this to preserve these precious medicines for when we really need them.