Antibiotics are an essential agent used to treat several common and severe infections, such as infections that can cause sepsis.
But every year in the United States, at least 2 million people are infected with bacteria, such as bacteria and fungi, which are now resistant to antibiotics. This resistance has led to at least 23,000 deaths annually, which is precisely the cause of these infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria or fungi develop the ability to resist antibiotics for killing them. Losing antibiotic efficacy makes these resistant organisms more difficult and sometimes impossible to treat, allowing them to continue.
The US Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual weekly observation that increases awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use in combating the threat of antibiotic resistance.
How we use antibiotics is the most important factor that causes antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are commonly used in health care facilities, in the community and in the production of food products. However, it is important to remember that antibiotics are not always the answer, and it is important to only use antibiotics when they are effective. Understanding the proper use of antibiotics helps to prevent unnecessary use.
Always listen to your doctor or healthcare provider for appropriate times and proper use of antibiotics.
Antibiotics are only needed to treat certain infections caused by bacteria and antibiotics do not work with viruses such as those that cause colds, flu and bronchitis. The use of antibiotics during a disease from a virus will not make you feel better or quicker and may cause side effects that can be more harmful. It is important to talk to your doctor about your illness and ask questions about which treatments you are suitable for.
If your doctor finds you need antibiotics, use them exactly as they have been prescribed and give the right dose at the right time at the right time. Antibiotics save lives and are crucial for the treatment of infections, but they can have adverse health effects. So when they are signed, your doctor has determined that the benefits are greater than the risk of side effects. Talk to your doctor if side effects occur, especially severe diarrhea.
Antibiotic-resistant infections are not just one age group and can potentially endanger everyone. Some people are at greater risk of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as those with chronic illness, so it's important to take active action and try to avoid infections before they start. These infections can spread from person to person or from non-human beings, in the environment, including food.
Know what you can do to prevent infections: keep the wounds clean; wash your hands properly; and take care of chronic health conditions.
Proper hand washing can remove bacteria and prevent the spread of diseases.
To get information on vaccination, vaccines are one of the best ways to prevent disease. Talk to your doctor if you think you may have an infection or the infection gets worse. Sometimes it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of infection, especially if it is not vaccinated or the immune system is weakened, so it is important to talk to your healthcare provider about your health regularly on your health.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most acute threats to public health. If you use antibiotics properly, you are best suited for your health, family health and community health.
Remember, never store antibiotics from a previous illness to take or take any other antibiotics that you have not prescribed. It is important to use antibiotics only if it is signed by a medical specialist.
Brittany Burgess is a Masters Degree in Health and is a staff epidemiologist at the Victoria County Public Health Department.