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Preventing Antibiotic Resistance
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Avoid: Avoid all unnecessary use of antibiotics.Get a more detailed answer ›
It doesnt: That is not a true assumption.Get a more detailed answer ›
Only use when necess: Very good question! also very controversial. First of all, only use antibiotics when necessary. A lot of times they are prescribed unnecessarily. Yes, abused. The more they're used, the more chance of some bugs building up resistance. The second thing is, when you do have to take them, take them completely! wipe out the little buggers all the way. No, don't take half the pills. Wrong! ...Read more
Can you get antibiotic resistance for taking all of your antibiotics? Or is it only if you stop. I don't think I need them. Can I stop after 1 pill?
Antibiotic resistanc: The resistant bugs are produced by weakening them with an antibiotic and letting them recover. The ones that do recover may be resistant to the medicine you just stopped. When the bugs recover the med may no longer be effective so a recurrence could be far worse. So finish the course so they do not come back stronger and resistant. ...Read more
Took antibiotic a month back but again now my doc gave me another dose of antibiotic .Is it fine to take it?Will my body not be antibiotic resistance
Not necessarily: But repeat antibiotics can affect your gut and immune system. Be sure you take probiotics (not at same time as antibiotic). I would also add chinese medicine and acupuncture to your treatment plan ANS it can help reduce antibiotic issues and balance your body which helps speed recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it best to take probiotics within 12 hours of antibiotics? I'm fighting h pylori. Would the probiotics help fight antibiotic resistance?
What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?
Uncommon but real: This is an uncommon but real issue.Risk varies with the type/duration and intensity of antibiotic use (IV vs oral,etc.) Many centers do stool surveillance cultures to spot this in higher risk patients. Resistance is an everyday issue today which drives us to be selective & specific on antibiotic use.The risk of an individual having to deal with these is part of dealing with healthcare today ...Read more
Continued infection: If you are infected with a bacterium that is resistant to the antibiotics you are taking, your infection may not improve. Depending on the type and location of your infection, cultures may be needed to pinpoint the specific organism. The lab can then run a sensitivity test to see which anitbiotics are effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How concerning is antibiotic resistance at this time? Are there any new antibiotics being created?
Be very concerned!: This is a giant problem and getting worse, a very serious concern. Some new antibiotics are in the research pipeline, but various bacteria will also eventually develop resistance to any new ones. The main thing the public can do is 1) not insist on antibiotic prescriptions for common viral infections, which won't help anyway; and 2) urge politicians to limit antibiotic use in raising food animals. ...Read more
They Adapt!: Antibiotic resistance is a type of drug resistance where the bacteria no longer are succeptible to the drug. This usually occurs when the microorganism mutates its dna to be able to "inactivate" the medication. This is a type of "natural selection" amoung the bacteria. This is a real threat to medicine today. The overuse of certain antibiotics has contributed to this. ...Read more
No..: It is not.....You have to eliminate that particular strain from the body........ ...Read more
Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more
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