Beware of antibiotic over-use
4/25/2016 3:38 PM
We often want a quick fix when we’re sick, but antibiotics may not always be the best answer.
Antibiotic over-use is a serious problem across the world. The most serious consequence of antibiotic overuse is the development of resistant bacteria. When antibiotics are improperly used or over-used, the bacteria adjusts and becomes more resistant to the treatment.
There are also many side effects associated with antibiotics. They decrease our natural flora, which can cause diarrhea, yeast infections, rashes and other complications.
Some infections do need to be treated with antibiotics. However, often with upper respiratory symptoms, a runny nose, sore throat or cough, you can wait to see if symptoms will resolve over seven to 10 days. When in doubt, let a doctor or clinician help you make a decision.
Today, I think most doctors and clinicians are using antibiotics more judiciously and educating their patients on viral and bacterial infections. Eating a healthy diet, getting adequate rest and taking good general care of your body will also help keep your immune system healthy.
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About the Author
Jessica Sanders, NP, is a nurse practitioner at the Live Oak Health Partners Walk-In Care clinic.