What is an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance?

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

More than four mil­lion Aus­tralians may have been pre­scribed an­tibi­otics they didn’t need over the past five years, a study has found. What’s the prob­lem with that? 1. Tak­ing an­tibi­otics when you don’t need them can mean they won’t work for you when you do need them. 2. An­tibi­otic re­sis­tance is al­ready a real prob­lem in Australia with cases of un­treat­able in­fec­tions. 3. As more an­tibi­otics stop work­ing against bac­te­rial in­fec­tions, doc­tors will have fewer an­tibi­otics to use. 4. Many common in­fec­tions may even­tu­ally be­come un­treat­able. 5. If you have an an­tibi­oti­cre­sis­tant bac­te­rial in­fec­tion, you will have the in­fec­tion for longer. 6. You may be more likely to suf­fer com­pli­ca­tions. So say no to an­tibi­otics for colds and flu viruses and al­ways take the full course when you do take them.

An­tibi­otic re­sis­tance is a prob­lem in Australia

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