The antibiotic is Fleming’s unique invention, thanks to which millions of lives are saved every second.
Just think, a little more than a hundred years ago, the population was only 1.5 billion people, and today there are more than 7 billion of us. With the number, the life expectancy of the population has also doubled, if not tripled. And in all this, antibiotics are not the least meritorious.
But every medal has 2 sides. The flip side of the coin is bacteria – extremely intelligent microorganisms that can survive in any conditions. They are capable of forming resistance to antibiotics – a phenomenon where antibiotics no longer have any effect on the body of people who need them to fight infection, and this is now one of the most serious threats to human health.
Our world is entering an era where antibiotics are no longer effective, and common infections and minor injuries that could have been healed for decades can now kill again. Antibiotic resistance makes people sick for longer periods of time and the likelihood of death increases.
Therefore, it is very important to use antibacterial drugs only when there are direct indications for this. And not at the first “sneeze”, cough or temperature. Antibiotics are taken uncontrollably, sold without a prescription, prescribed by a pharmacist at a pharmacy, and are often used unnecessarily. A separate story is the use of antibiotics in the food industry, but, unfortunately, neither doctors nor ordinary people can influence this.
What can each of us do?
Use antibiotics only when prescribed by a doctor, it is unacceptable to self-medicate with antibacterial drugs!
Antibiotics do not work against viruses and should not be used to prevent bacterial complications or treat viral diseases.
There must be full adherence to the prescribed antibiotic regimen, even if the state of health improves!
If the antibiotic is prescribed for 7 days, you cannot stop taking it after 5 days, because you feel better and you no longer see the need for it!
And, of course, I would like the responsibility and validity of prescribing antibacterial drugs among my colleagues. Thanks to joint efforts, everything can turn only in our favor and in no way harm us.