October 07, 2021 | Tags: Wellness

Antibiotics have been used as an effective way of fighting bacterial infections for decades. Over time, however, bacteria have become more resilient and developed new ways to defend themselves against antibiotics. Find out the truth about antibiotic-resistant infections and ways to help prevent them.

 

Quick facts about antibiotic resistance:

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States each year, resulting in more than 35,000 deaths.
  • People don’t become resistant to antibiotics. It’s actually germs—including bacteria and fungi—that can become resistant.
  • An antibiotic-resistant infection can be difficult or impossible to effectively treat.
  • Antibiotics only work to treat infections caused by bacteria, not infections caused by viruses, such as the common cold or the flu.

How you can help prevent antibiotic resistance:

  • Take antibiotics only when your healthcare provider prescribes them to you. Don’t take antibiotics prescribed for another person.
  • If you are prescribed an antibiotic for an infection, finish the entire course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any side effects or allergic reactions while taking an antibiotic.
  • Do your best to prevent getting sick and spreading infections to others. Get recommended vaccinations, practice regular hand washing and general health hygiene, and stay home when you’re not feeling well.

Learn more about appropriate antibiotic use.