For long, Antibiotics have been part of our homes. They have played a vital role in saving our lives. Antibiotics are vital in cases of sepsis, pneumonia, bacterial meningitis and other severe infections. But it is really safe? Or should we avoid them?
For us, it is quite normal to take Antibiotic to treat normal Cold & Flu. But recent research has shown something disturbing which many people don’t know. Use of Antibiotic can make treatment very hard because it creates superbug against the normal dosage of Antibiotic that will eventually be strong enough to resist any dosage of Antibiotic. Also animals are being given meals with antibiotic within. What we eat can create Antibiotic resistant bacteria in us as well unless it is from drugged free animal. or as our mums would say “DESI CHICKEN”.
When you visit your doctor and if he talks about antibiotics, make sure you ask him the right questions before getting the prescription.
- Do I really need Antibiotics?
- What are the risks?
- Are there any other alternatives?
In recent years, we have seen large number of patients not getting treatment through Antibiotics. It happens when we abuse the use of Antibiotics. REMEMBER, Antibiotics only fight bacterial infections but they do no fight viral infections like cold and flu.
In Pakistan, more than half of antibiotic use is unnecessary and avoidable.Dr. Kamran
What to Do?
There is a simple way to treat everyday sickness instead of using Antibiotics.
• Have plenty of rest and let your body recover.
• Use pain relief such as Paracetamol or Panadol.
• Drink plenty of fluids as it helps in flushing bad bugs out of system.
• Trust your immune system.
Let Antibiotics be part of relief during extreme diseases not everyday pain. Thousands of people have died around the world because their body had created superbug against Antibiotic and they could not get treatment. We don’t need antibiotics for common conditions as majority of us will get infections from time to time but that will heal through our own immune system
Do not take Antibiotics for more than 2 weeks for any condition and make sure you give at least 3 months gap between each use or you will be risking losing its effect in future.
Now a day it is common for doctors to prescribe you Antibiotics with each visit, get second opinion and make sure you ask for something other than Antibiotics. Always remember, Antibiotics should be your LAST RESORT.