Should self-medication with antibiotics be done for sore throat?
Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.
If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor. Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.
For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either.
* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.