“Government is committed to stop antibiotic resistance.You must have noticed that antibiotic medicine strips have a red line to warn you.”
Prime Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem and scientists from around the world have called for action against the epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections.Antibiotics can be lifesavers,but misuse has increased the number of drug-resistant germs.See how this affects you and what you can do to help prevent antibiotic resistance.Antibiotic-resistant infections are a fast growing problem and the only way to curb the problem is to ensure that we use antibiotics wisely and only when necessary.
But there is also a problem with antibiotic medications.Drugs that used to be standard treatments for bacterial infections are now less effective or don’t work at all. When antibiotic drug no longer has an effect on a certain strain of bacteria,those bacteria are said to be antibiotic resistant.
What causes antibiotic resistance?
A bacterium is resistant to a drug when it has changed in some way that either protects it from the action of the drug or neutralizes the drug.Any bacterium that survives an antibiotic treatment can then multiply and pass on its resistant properties. Also,some bacteria as if passing along a cheat sheet to help each other survive.
The fact that bacteria develop resistance to a drug is normal and expected. However,the way that drugs are used affects how quickly and to what extent drug resistance occurs.
Overuse of Antibiotics
The overuse of antibiotics especially taking antibiotics even when they are not the appropriate treatment promotes antibiotic resistance.Antibiotics treat bacterial infections but not viral infections.For example an,antibiotic is an appropriate treatment for strep throat, which is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It’s not,however the right treatment for most sore throats,which are caused by viruses.