As a recent campaign in the U.K. shows, doctors and patients alike can stave off a so-called “post-antibiotic apocalypse” if they work closely together. English authorities launched a campaign dubbed ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ to raise awareness among people about the risks of taking antibiotics when not necessary.
British doctors prescribe antibiotics 10 million times per year, and patients are reportedly seeking medics that are more likely to prescribe the drugs even for minor illnesses like earaches, a sore throat, or coughs.
Experts warn people that taking antibiotics when not absolutely necessary can lead to long-lasting infections and other medical conditions. What’s more, our bodies can easily grow antibiotic resistance which means that diseases will be harder to treat.
For instance, 40 percent of people with an E. Coli infection that has reached their blood stream can no longer be treated with hospital-grade antibiotics. Yet, the drugs remain critical in the treatment of serious illnesses like pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis.
Antibiotic Resistance Could Morph Into Global Crisis
In the U.K. around 5,000 deaths are linked to antibiotic resistance. Public health experts estimate that in 30 years’ time illnesses that no longer respond to antibiotics could kill more patients than diabetes and cancer.
The new campaign in England urges people to trust their GP’s and, pharmacist’s advice when taking antibiotics, to take the drugs as directed, and never share the leftovers with other people.
Dr Chitra Arumugam who is involved in the campaign thinks that it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent antibiotics from becoming useless through antibiotic resistance.
We can all do our bit to avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily for minor ailments,
The doctor underlined that antibiotics should be used only in serious infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, some cases of gastritis, meningitis, and sepsis.
Other doctors agree that antibiotic resistance is a real threat and it could morph into one of the greatest health crises the world has faced to date.
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