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A 30-year-old member asked:

If you take antibiotics only to treat disease a (acne) and get antibiotic resistance, does this also create antibiotic resistance to treat disease b (unrelated bacterial disease such as pneumonia, lyme disease, etc.)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Words matter: People don't develop antibiotic resistance, certain strains of germs can mutate & thus become resistant. The other germs in the environment are chance invaders to your system and are either killed off or not depending on their own genetics, not something to do with you before they came around. When possible we try to select abx based on their ability to kill the expected germ type.

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Last updated Jan 14, 2020

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