The doctors at The Victoria Point Good Doctors are responsible stewards of antibiotics. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them speeds up your antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are in danger of losing their effectiveness due to misuse and overuse. Therefore Antibiotic resistant infections are becoming more and more complex and harder to treat. Antibiotics are powerful medicines that kill bacteria. The bacteria then becomes resistant to the antibiotic, they survive and continue to multiply causing more harm.
There are many types of antibiotics. Each works a little differently and acts on different types of bacteria. Your doctor will decide which antibiotic will work best for your infection. We have to understand that antibiotics Don’t cure everything.
They do not work against illnesses that are caused by a virus. They do not help illnesses such as:
- Common colds
- Most cases of acute bronchitis
- Runny noses
- Most ear infections
These illnesses usually go away by themselves. Ask your doctor what you can do to minimise antibiotic intake and use an alternative treatment.
Antibiotics are not always the answer