Usually when you go to the hospital to get your treatment, your doctor will be checking up on you. Then your doctor tells you that you are infected with bacteria.

You go to the pharmacy and are provided with some medicines including antibiotics. After a few days of consistently taking the medicine, your body is starting to feel and get better. Do you need to stop taking antibiotics or continue until you finish it?

Antibiotic’s role

Antibiotics’ role is to fight infections caused only by the bacteria, not viruses. In addition to antibiotics, it is also known as the antimicrobial drug.

However, the misuse or overuse of these antibiotics has caused a phenomenon known as antibiotic resistance. It is formed when the harmful bacteria change which in turn can reduce or eliminate the effectiveness of the drug.

How do you know if you are you taking antibiotics the right way? Did you know that antibiotics cannot be taken carelessly?

When you take antibiotics even though it is not the actual treatment method for your infection, it will promote antibiotic resistance in your body. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over ⅓ or half of antibiotics use in humans is incorrect or unnecessary.

Some of the types of infections that do not require the use of antibiotics are common cold, flu (influenza), bronchitis, coughs (mostly), ear infections (some), sinus infections (some) and stomach flu.

Why can’t these type of sickness cannot be treated with antibiotics?

This is because these diseases are caused by viruses, not bacteria. The use of antibiotics is only for infections caused by harmful bacteria. For your knowledge, the use of antibiotics to treat infections caused by the virus not only cures the infection, but it also has other side effects.

Among these effects are which it cannot prevent infection to another person, it will not make you better, it may cause dangerous side effects and promote antibiotic resistance.

When you take antibiotics for an infection that is actually caused by a virus, it does not only effectively prevents the virus, it also attacks the good bacteria in your body.

Keep in mind that not all bacteria are harmful bacteria because there are also good bacteria that benefit the body. This phenomenon will promote the resistance of antibiotics, resistance to harmful bacteria or give the opportunity for harmful bacteria to replace good bacteria in your body.

Do you need to continue taking your antibiotics?

Most individuals tend to stop taking the antibiotics that were given to them when they start feeling better or healthier than before. However, it is necessary to finish your antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria.

If you fail to do so, it may only force you to continue treatment later. In addition, it will also promote the spread of antibiotic resistance properties from harmful bacteria to good bacteria.

You will leave a small number of harmful bacteria in your body that has the potential to change and become stronger which eventually leads to resistance to the antibiotics you are eating.

For those receiving antibiotics supply, finish the antibiotics to prevent recurrence of the infection in the future. Feeling healthier does not mean that you have recovered because you do not know that a small number of harmful bacteria are still there in your body.

Most importantly, never take antibiotics to treat all the diseases and infections, as not all diseases are caused by the same micro-organism.

By Nurul
13th May 2020 17:45

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