When we use antibiotics unnecessarily, we are helping to create a real-resistant microorganisms, causing a new infection and hard to treat. Responsible use of antibiotics can protect the health of your family, neighbors and the world community!
Overuse of antibiotics that are not needed can indeed increase the resistant bacteria. Here are some things we can do about the rational use of antibiotics:
Understand when antibiotics are used. Do not take antibiotics every time sick. Antibiotics are effective in treating most bacterial infections, but antibiotics are useless against vius infections such as colds or flu. Every year in America, an estimated 50 million prescriptions doctors write antibiotic for viral diseases for which antibiotics are not Useful. Even some common bacterial diseases such as bronchitis does not respond well to antibiotics.
Take antibiotics as prescribed. Follow your doctor’s instructions when taking prescribed medications including how many times a day and for how long. Avoid termination of treatment a few days early if you feel better as a series of antibiotics is needed to kill all harmful bacteria. The use of shorter often only kill bacteria that fragile, but allow resistant bacteria to survive.
Do not take antibiotics without a prescription. If you do not finish a series of antibiotics, you are tempted to use the drug in the rest of the time you are sick or give it to someone else, this is not a good thing. For one thing, the antibiotic may not be appropriate for your illness or other people. Even if so, you do not have enough pills to fight the germs that make sick, which makes the bacteria more resistant.
Do not ask for antibiotics to your doctor if you have a viral infection. Instead, consult with your doctor about ways to relieve the symptoms of viral diseases crate containing salt spray to dry a runny nose, or a mixture of warm water, lemon and honey to soothe a sore throat.
Protect yourself from infection. You can protect yourself from various germs by doing habits such as washing hands thoroughly and often, handle and prepare food safely, and conduct immunization.