WHY YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE ANTIBIOTICS EVER
One of the foremost concerns in modern medicine is antibiotic resistance. Simply put, if an antibiotic is used long enough, bacteria will emerge that cannot be killed by that antibiotic. This is known as antibiotic resistance. Infections exist today that are caused by bacteria resistant to some antibiotics. The existence of antibiotic -resistant bacteria creates the danger of life-threatening infections that don’t respond to antibiotics.
There are several reasons for the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. One of the most important is antibiotic overuse. This includes the common practice of prescribing antibiotics for the common cold or Flu. Even though antibiotics do not affect viruses, many people expect to get a prescription for antibiotics when they visit their doctor. Although the common cold is uncomfortable, antibiotics do not cure it, nor change its course. Each person can help reduce the development of resistant bacteria by not asking for antibiotics for a common cold or Flu.
Why Not Take Antibiotics Just in Case?
If you take antibiotics when you do not need them, they may not work when you do need them. Each time you take antibiotics, you are more likely to have some bacteria that the medicine does not kill. These bacteria can change (mutate) so they are harder to kill. Then, the antibiotics that used to kill them no longer work. These bacteria are called antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
These tougher bacteria can cause longer and more serious infections. To treat them you may need different, stronger antibiotics that have more side effects than the first medicine and may cost more.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria also can spread to family members, children, and fellow workers. Your community then will have a risk of getting an infection that is harder to cure and costs more to treat. Some antibiotics that doctors prescribed in the past to treat common infections no longer work.
Taking antibiotics, you do not need will not help you feel better, cure your illness, or keep others from catching your infection. But taking them may cause side effects such as:
Common side effects are
- Drug fever
- Abdominal Pain
- Sun sensitivity
- Oral thrush
- Serum sickness
- Vaginal candidiasis
- Metallic Taste in mouth
- Renal toxicity
- Taste alternations
- Liver toxicity
- Patches on tongue
- Antibiotics also can cause Clostridium difficile Colitis, a swelling and irritation of the colon. This happens because the antibiotics kill the normal bacteria in your intestine and allow the C. difficile bacteria to grow. This problem can cause diarrhea, fever, and belly cramps. In rare cases, it can cause death.
- Women may get vaginal yeast infections from taking antibiotics.
- Recurrent antibiotics use suppresses the immune system and chances of getting recurrent infections is very high. This creates a sort of revolving door of infections and antibiotics followed by infection and antibiotics and so on. Once you use antibiotics your good friendly bacteria in your gut may be permanently killed so you have suboptimal health from there on out. Because we humans carry a large number of good bacteria in our gut that carried out many many functions relating to immune protection, digestion and absorption of nutrients through our gut lining. The large number of good bacteria together is called microbiome inside our gut. The total number of cells of this microbiome is 10 times more than all the cells combined in the human body. This is an ecological system of our bodies that once disturbed wreaks havoc on our health.
In summary, keeping the body healthy through the use of the proper nutrition and diet, vitamins, minerals and supplements is truly the best method to keep a healthy gut microbiome and not put one’s health at risk by using antibiotics when they are not warranted, as in colds and flus (where it’s never been proven to be effective).
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