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A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes antibiotic resistant bacteria?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Incomplete killing: Mutations in bacteria that lead to resistance can occur when bacteria are exposed to antibiotics in doses that are not strong enough to kill them. The bacteria then can mutate and develop resistance. A favorite professor of mine would always say "dead bacteria can't develop resistance.".
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Antibiotics: Bacteria have a great ability to genetically adapt to their environment. After an exposure to a specific antibiotic, a bacterium can modify its genetic makeup to create particular barrier(s). Overuse of antibiotics, inadequate dosing and incomplete dosing can all contribute to the emergence of resistance.

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A 28-year-old female asked:

How worried should we be about antibiotic resistant bacteria?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Drug resistance: Very. And it would be very wise for all humans to realize their demand for antibiotics, especially in the winter when most illnesses are viral, are leading to this increasingly worrisome threat.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Where do antibiotic resistant bacteria come from?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Various: They evolve in hospitals, sub acute care facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Environments where antibiotics are excessively prescribed and sensitive bacteria are killed off while resistant strains persist and thrive. They also occur in the food supply because of the excessive use of antibiotics in animal husbandry to increase animal growth rates and corporate profits.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How should infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria be treated?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The medical provider: can obtain cultures & this can be tested to see what antibiotics it is suseptible to.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How can scientists combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Antibiotic resistant: Only use abiotic when specific infection is detected.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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