Health and Wellness: Antibiotic resistance – Des Moines Register

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Are you aware of the problem of improper and overuse of antibiotics worldwide? We are now using antibiotic medications, cream, soap, cleanser, spray and who-knows-what. Because bacteria are living organisms, they change, or mutate, to resist antibacterial products.
Each time you take antibiotics, you increase the chances the bacteria in your body will develop a resistance to that medication. Resistant infections may become less and less treatable, and therefore more infectious and dangerous.
You can play a role in decreasing antibiotic resistance and its problems. First, know the difference between a bacterial and a viral infection. Don’t ask for an antibiotic to treat viruses, like those that cause colds, flu, or COVID-19. Instead, ask your health care provider or pharmacist how to feel better. In some cases, rest and drinking lots of water will help you. If you have a fever, acetaminophen may be enough to make you more comfortable.
Second, if you are prescribed antibiotics for a specific infection, follow the instructions, including how much to use and when to stop. (Antibiotic salve until a scab forms. Take all the antibiotic pills until they’re gone.)
Third, soap and/or bleach water will kill germs, without contributing to antibacterial resistance.


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