All Good Doctors Wish Their Patients Knew These Things

A survey of over 1,000 people in Medicare Advantage reports that 56% of patients don’t visit their doctor within a year. Needless to say, nobody likes going to the doctor. But when we need to get checked, it’s best to understand our body, medications, and physician’s role in our health.

Fortunately, kindhearted doctors have been speaking up–on Reddit, news reports, and articles–about everything patients should know. From the function of antibiotics, to which vitamins to report, to which condition displays no symptoms, here are essential health facts that doctors want you to know.

Antibiotics Won’t Relieve All Your Pain

Many red and transparent medical capsules, filled with yellow medicine, displayed on a hand.
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Antibiotics indeed fight off harmful bacteria, which can cure most illnesses. However, one anonymous doctor reminded everyone that “antibiotics are not some magic cure for every pain in your body.” Don’t expect your antibiotic to act as painkillers.

According to the University of Utah’s Genetics Center, antibiotics are designed to target bacteria cells and leave human cells alone. One way they do this is by preventing the formation of a cell wall (which human cells don’t have). Unfortunately, antibiotics tackle both healthy and unhealthy bacteria, which can lead to stomach pain in some people.