Resistance to antibiotics is growing in all parts of the world due to irrational use. It is no more intense that antibiotics, when indicated and needed, save lives and help you overcome fatal diseases. However, this life-saver turns out to be a threat to global health. Dr. Vikrant Shah, a consultant physician, infection specialist and specialist at Zen Multipurpose Hospital talks about the various harmful side effects of antibiotic use.
What are antibiotics?
Antibiotics can be termed as drugs that are taken to prevent and cope with bacterial infections caused by bacteria. The infections are treated by killing the bacteria or keeping them away from reproduction. Just list a few antibiotic-treated infections, which include cough, bacterial pneumonia, skin and dental infections, and ear and sinus infections. You must also bear in mind that only bacterial infections can be resolved with antibiotics. While common colds, influenza, allergic cough, or viral diarrhea that can be caused by viruses, they cannot and should not be treated with antibiotics.
What are the common side effects of antibiotics?
Common side effects that may occur as a result of antibiotics are nausea, vomiting, bloating, indigestion, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite.
So if you notice any of these symptoms mentioned above, then you should see your doctor immediately. Also keep in mind that you do not need to self-heal. It is not strict because it may be more dangerous to you.
Yes, antibiotics are certainly a powerful tool if used safely. But remember that you should not go on a plane. This is because overuse of antibiotics can show antibacterial resistance, which tends to be a major threat as there are still no available drugs to overcome them.
Hence, here is a briefing on everything you need to know about antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotic resistance tends to occur naturally due to antibiotic abuse and can affect anyone, regardless of their age. You may be shocked to know that due to antibiotic resistance, various types of infections like pneumonia or UTI can become difficult to treat as overuse of antibiotics can make treatment difficult. In addition, there may be increased hospital stay and mortality due to antibiotic resistance, as this may pose a threat in the treatment of common infectious diseases.
Looking at the danger that increases the level of antibiotic resistance. It takes an hour to take urgent action to resolve this emerging problem.
This is how you can prevent antibiotic resistance
- You should only decide to use antibiotics when your doctor prescribes them.
- You should avoid asking to prescribe antibiotics if your doctor tends to feel that you do not need them.
- You should only use antibiotics for a specified period of time as recommended by your doctor. Do not go through electricity at any cost.
- You need to make sure that you prevent infections by sticking to good hand hygiene, avoiding contact with sick people, and getting vaccinations from time to time.
- Taking antibiotics for a viral infection is not recommended at all.
- You must note that you are not skipping doses.
Taking: It is essential to implement infection prevention strategies, strengthen antibiotic resistance policies and programs. Also, the proper use and disposal of these quality medicines can be regulated. Not only this, but people should also be educated on antibiotic resistance, as it can help reduce its impact. Take the necessary steps to improve the quality of life.