Overuse of antibiotics is a key factor
contributing to antibiotic resistance. So, we must be careful in its usage. Here are some
facts one should know about antibiotics.
1. Antibiotics don't Work for
Antibiotics fight bacterial infections, but they won't work
against viral infections. This means they are not effective against the flu or
the common cold. One in three Americans believes that antibiotics work
effectively against colds.
2. Taking Unnecessary
Antibiotics May Harm You
Here's the biggest problem with overusing antibiotics.
Bacteria become resistant to drugs over time. In rare cases, this leads to
deadly drug-resistant bacterial infections.
3. Antibiotics are not
The antibiotics that work for a urinary tract infection
aren't the same as the ones that will fight your strep throat. The
"broad-spectrum" antibiotics used to fight infections in hospitals aren't the
same as the very specific antibiotics your doctor may prescribe to treat a
bacterial ear infection.
4. Should not Save Old Antibiotics
You can't just assume that your leftover medication
will work. Different antibiotics treat different types of bacterial infections.
And, again, taking the wrong medicine when it won't help means you risk side
effects and future drug resistance.