Does a short course of antibiotics work to fight infection? It depends. The American College of Physicians recommends FIVE days of antibiotics for pneumonia (when it’s community acquired—not hospital or nursing home acquired). Five days is also recommended for COPD exacerbation when a bacterial component is suspected. Those with uncomplicated kidney infection need 5 to 7 days of antibiotics. Although, those with an uncomplicated bladder infection may be completely treated with only THREE days! We, physicians, used to prescribe longer courses of antibiotics. But, we know more now!
Of course, if there is no clinical improvement additional (or different) antibiotics may be needed.
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