Antibiotics are a critical tool used to treat a number of common and severe infections, such as infections that can lead to sepsis.
But every year in the United States, at least 2 million people are infected with germs, such as bacteria and fungi, which now resist antibiotics. This objection has resulted in at least 23,000 people dies annually as a direct result of these infections. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria or fungi develop resistance to the effects of the antibiotics designed to kill. The loss of effectiveness in antibiotics makes these resistant organisms difficult and sometimes impossible to treat them, allowing them to continue to grow.
US Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual weekly observation that raises awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to tackle the threat of antibiotics.
How we use antibiotics is the most important factor that can lead to anti-antibiotics throughout the world. Antibiotics are often used in healthcare settings, the community, and the production of food animals. However, it is important to remember that antibiotics are not always the answer and it is important to use antibiotics only when they are effective. Understanding the appropriate use of antibiotics helps to eliminate any unnecessary materials.
Always listen to your doctor or medical provider about the appropriate times and use of antibiotics properly.
Antibiotics are only needed to treat some infections caused by bacteria, and antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause cold, flu, and bronchitis. Take antibiotics when a virus becomes ill will not make you feel better or improve faster and could have side effects that could cause more harm. It is important to talk to your doctor about your illness and ask questions about what treatments are right for you.
If your doctor decides that antibiotics are required, take them just as prescribed and take the right dose for the right time at the right time. Antibiotics save lives and critically for infection treatment, but can lead to adverse effects on health. So, when they have prescribed, your doctor has decided that the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. If side effects, especially severe diarrhea, develop talk to your doctor.
Resistant antibiotic infections are not unique to one age group and a potential threat to everyone. Some people are at greater risk of developing resistant antibiotic infections, for example, individuals with chronic illness, so it's important to be proactive and try to avoid infection before they start. These infections can be spread to a person or from non-human sources in the environment, including food.
Know what you can do to prevent infections: keep wounds clean; Very handsome wash; and caring for chronic health conditions.
Suitable hands washing can eliminate germs and prevent spread of illness.
Keep up to date with vaccinations, vaccines are one of the best ways to prevent illness. Talk to your doctor if you think that infection or infection may get worse. Sometimes it is not possible to completely eliminate the risks of infection, especially if it has not vaccinated or has a weak immune system, so it is important to talk to a doctor about your health with a medical provider for your health on a regular basis.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to public health. When you use antibiotics correctly, you choose the best for your health, the health of your family, and the health of your community.
Remember not to save antibiotics from previous illness to take later or take someone else's antibiotics that has not been prescribed to you. Antibiotics are only important when they are prescribed to you by a medical professional.
British Burgess has a master in public health and is a staff epidemiologist with the Victoria County Public Health Department.