If we don’t action, the world can face a superbug crisis, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
The reason why this is happening is due to misuse of the drugs. When people and animals use antibiotics they’re weakening its potency.
Every year this week – World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), people around the world spread awareness about the proper use of antibiotics.
So we’ll kick this post off with a quick overview of antibiotic awareness.
What are Antibiotics for?
As a skilled nursing facility specializing in post-surgery recovery, Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center recognizes the practice of using antibiotics after surgery. But antibiotics aren’t always the right solution.
Have a look at this infographic for more information.
According to the WHO, the wonder drug only works for bacterial infections. Viral infections, like the flu or a cold, however, aren’t affected by antibiotics. Yet people continue to use them anyway. They’ll even ask for it when the doctor doesn’t prescribe it.
Maybe because they don’t know. Or because they think it can’t hurt.
But it can.
Improper antibiotic use leads to antibiotic resistance. This happens when microbes get used to the antibiotics and don’t respond to them. They can then turn into superbugs, which the world doesn’t have a solution for yet.
So how can you contribute to the cause?
First of all, when necessary to use antibiotics, make sure to only use antibiotics that were prescribed by your doctor and follow their guidance. Next, don’t use leftovers. Proper use of antibiotics can go a long way in curbing antibiotic resistance.
In addition, you can keep infection at bay by promoting good hygiene, such as washing your hands. You should also get vaccinated to keep sickness away. These preventative measures can minimize sicknesses around the world and bring down the prevalence of antibiotic use.
Antibiotics changed the world in such a short period of time. So many people’s lives have been improved, and infections which were once dreaded are now a mere annoyance. Let’s help keep it that way.
How can you help combat antibiotic resistance?
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