Get Smart About Antibiotics

Get smart about antibiotics

This week I’m sharing information on the appropriate, medically sound, and safe use of antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat serious infectious diseases, but overuse and misuse has made many of them less effective. This is called antibiotic resistance and is a serious worldwide problem.

illness and death due to antibiotic resistance.

How antibiotic resistance develops

National Summary Data, Antibiotic Resistance
National Summary Data, Antibiotic Resistance

“Antibiotics serve an important role in keeping you and your loved ones healthy. But it’s important to remember that antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. Most common infections, such as colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections, are caused by viruses and do not respond to antibiotic treatment. These infections can be overcome by simply treating the symptoms and letting the illness run its course. ” (info from the CDC)

Listen to a short message about Antibiotics: Miracle Drugs here.

In my next post, I’ll share and discuss 6 Smart Facts About Antibiotic Use.

Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

I am a family physician who loves to write about the HEART of HEALTH. On my blog, Watercress Words, I inform and inspire us in healthy living. My ideas come from my training, experiences, medical practice, personal life, and medicine in the media. There's always something new and interesting to explore in the world of health and medicine.

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