It is possible to treat bacterial infections with antibiotics. The risk that they may be ineffective is making doctors hesitant to prescribe them. This article aims to explain why antibiotics are so essential and provide advice on safely using antibiotics and preventing antibiotic resistance.
Bacterial infections are treated and prevented with antibiotics. To prevent the spread of harmful bacteria, they target and prevent them from multiplying. Antibiotics are usually not required to treat mild bacterial infections.
You may not feel better for 2 or 3 days or even longer, depending on your infection type. Antibiotics start working immediately, but you may not feel better for 2 or 3 days. No matter how well you think, it's important to continue taking them throughout the recommended course of treatment.
Overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics can result in bacteria becoming resistant. Eventually, antibiotics may cease to work.
There is a problem of antibiotic resistance around the world today. Thus, treating diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, blood poisoning, gonorrhoea, and foodborne diseases is becoming increasingly complex, if not impossible.
To avoid antibiotic resistance, doctors no longer routinely prescribe antibiotics for chest infections, ear infections (in children), or sore throats, but only in severe cases.
The best use of antibiotics is as a last resort if the infection is unlikely to clear up without antibiotics (for example, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)) or if it may cause more severe complications.
Antibiotics can save lives if they are used appropriately. You might need antibiotics to treat a more serious illness in the future, but taking them when you don't need them can make them ineffective.
We can examine your symptoms and recommend the best treatment option if you are unsure whether antibiotics are the answer.
In the case of viral infections such as colds and flu, coughs, and sore throats, antibiotics don't work because bacteria cause them.
Resting and drinking plenty of fluids are the best things you can do when you have a cold. In case of a high fever, take paracetamol. Antibiotics won't help you get over a cold or flu as quickly as you would like. If you use them for viruses, it is possible to get a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. Resting and drinking plenty of fluids, you can rid yourself of these viruses over time.
Covid-19 is not treatable with antibiotics. Bacterial infections may develop in some people who become ill with Covid-19. The infection may be treated with antibiotics in this case.
The most common forms of antibiotics are tablets, capsules, liquids, creams, sprays, and drops. You will be prescribed antibiotics based on the type and location of your infection.
The following points should be kept in mind when taking antibiotics:
If you forget to take a dose, take it immediately and continue your antibiotic treatment as usual.
It would help if you never took more than what your doctor prescribes, as doing so will lead to side effects such as pain, diarrhoea, feeling sick, and bloating.
Antibiotics come in many types; some don't mix well with alcohol or other medications, such as contraceptives. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about the label.
Even if you feel better, follow your doctor's instructions and complete the course of antibiotics prescribed. As a result, any infection will be cleared with enough antibiotics.
It would be best never to take antibiotics prescribed for someone else, as they may not be the right treatment for your condition.
If you take antibiotics, you should consume more probiotic foods or supplements. Taking this step will protect you from side effects such as thrush.
Avoiding infections in the first place is the best way to avoid taking antibiotics. The following steps will help:
You can consult a Mobi Doctor for expert advice and guidance if you need to learn more about antibiotic resistance. Mobi Doctors are medical professionals trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating infections, including antibiotic-resistant ones. They can provide you with the information and support you need to understand and manage antibiotic resistance, a growing concern in healthcare.