A growing menace in the healthcare world these days is the increasing resistance of bacterial infections to antibiotics. The reason we need to be aware of this is because we as a community hold the key to this problem.
As we all know, antibiotics are drugs which fight against bacterial infections by either killing them or slowing their rate of multiplication. So essentially, these are life saving drugs but only if taken appropriately. Every time we take a course of antibiotic, the sensitive bacteria are killed but few resistant ones survive, multiply and may spread to others. Due to rampant use of antibiotics these days, bacteria are now turning resistant to an entire range of antibiotics. This poses a serious threat as diseases that were once easily treated by antibiotics have now refused to respond leading to untreatable life threatening infections.
The solution lies in our hands itself. To begin with, do not use antibiotics where they are of no help. This includes viral illnesses like cold, flu, upper respiratory tract infections and diarrhea. Avoid self medication and take medicines only when prescribed by a physician. Take complete dosage as prescribed even if you feel recovered in the middle of course. This is one of the commonest reasons for bacteria to survive and re-infect again. Do not save antibiotics for later use and do not follow someone else’s prescription.
Remember, if you take antibiotics when your body doesn’t need them, they won’t help you when you actually need them. So be cautious today for a healthier tomorrow.