Antibiotics are powerful little medicines that are commonly used to treat infections and contagious diseases. However if they are not used the right way, they can cause more harm than good.
Stay aware of when to use them and when not to use them, in order to protect yourself and your family from the harmful side effects of these powerful pills.
Firstly, they only work against infections that are caused by bacteria, fungi, and certain parasites. They do not work against viral infections like common cold, flu, fever, sinus, coughs or a sore throat. So, they are prescribed by doctors only when the situation demands it – to fight bacterial infections.
Too Much Antibiotics Can Cause Antibiotic Resistance
When not used correctly in the proper dosage or if used frequently, it can cause antibiotic or bacterial resistance. This means that the bacteria will not be effectively removed by antibiotics because they have become resistant towards them,
Antibiotic resistance can also happen because of not taking the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. The resistant bacteria are usually treated by using other antibiotics that are not resistant to them or by means of intravenous medicines.
Important Points to Note about Antibiotics
It is unfair to expect these little tablets to cure all kinds of diseases. Your doctor will only prescribe it to you by knowing the cause of the infection. If you are not prescribed these, it doesn’t mean you are not sick; it is just that your illness does not require antibiotics.
- If you have a cold, flu or a cough it’s the best not to take these anti-germ pills as this will not help in anyway. Let the flu or cold run its course and take symptom relieving medications Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider for the right medications.
- If your doctor prescribes antibiotics, make sure to take the complete dosage as advised by your doctor. Even if you feel better after the first dosage, do not ignore it and ensure to consume the full dosage. This will reduce the chance of the remaining bacteria in your body to become resistant to antibiotics.
- Never take these powerful pills without a prescription. If you have leftover medication from a previous illness, do not take them. Consult with your doctor and take them if they say so.
- Taking antibiotics frequently without proper advice or in incorrect dosage will lead to an antibiotic-resistant infection that can lead to long-term health hazards.
- Last but not the least, prevent catching infections by practising proper hygiene and cleanliness.
Antibiotics and What Not to Do
- Don’t be your own doctor and demand them when your healthcare provider says that they are not needed for the illness.
- They do not work for viral diseases
- Don’t take antibiotics prescribed for someone else as they may not be right for your illness at all
When you use them as prescribed by your doctor at the right dosage and at the right times, they work well in not only as a temporary cure but may protect your loved ones from getting sick. But using them for viral infections or not using them in right dosage or discontinuing their use before the prescribed timeline may lead to dangerous effects.