You’ve used that same antibiotic before, for the same ailment, but now, seems it’s not even working at all. That’s antibiotic resistance!
Antibiotic resistance is a leading global healthcare issue arising from overuse and inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics worldwide. However, the issue of antibiotic resistance can be confusing for many patients.
Many bacterial infections will require an antibiotic; however, the type of antibiotic will vary based on the type of infection. An antibiotic either prevents bacterial growth (bacteriostatic) or kills bacteria outright (bactericidal) and works by interfering with the bacterial cell wall and preventing bacterial replication.
However, these drugs have been widely used for a long period of time, and the bacteria that these antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making them antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the drugs become less effective.
BACTERIA ARE FIGHTING BACK!!!
Bacteria can fight back in many ways – by strengthening their own cell walls, by producing enzymes that can inactivate the antibiotic, and even by helping out their fellow bacteria who are less able to resist the antibiotic. They learn to “fight off” the antibiotic, so to speak.
That’s one reason why it’s important to finish all of your prescribed antibiotic, even if you feel 100% better. Antibiotic resistance can occur if you do not finish all of your medication.
It’s important to finish all of your prescribed antibiotic, even if you feel 100% better
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill. In the worst-case scenario of antibiotic resistance, there would be no antibiotics that are effective for serious antibiotic-resistant infections. Hospitalization may thus be needed, and the infection can be life-threatening.
So, please employ safe and proper use of antibiotics!!