Antibiotics – Threat for Health or Wonderful Cure?
From the ancient times people tried to explore something to save life from diseases. First attempts were rootless, then – mixtures, and in twentieth century antibiotics were discovered. Since then these strong medicines have really save lives of millions of people who could die from life-threatening diseases caused by bacteria. As every medicine, antibiotics have their own area of use and certain side effects. It is important to understand that antibiotics can be used only to cure or prevent diseases caused by bacteria. Viral diseases can’t be treated with antibiotics.
The problem appears when antibiotics are used in excessive amounts ad inappropriately. The problem that appears is called antibiotic resistance. Recently, it has become a real disaster for United States and other countries of civilized world. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria in human’s body adjusts to antibiotic – works out the ways to fight antibiotics. The result is that people take antibiotics, but they do not work as good as they did before, and there appears the necessity to increase doses, and this is very harmful for the body, because antibiotics kill not only harmful bacteria’s, but useful too. And human’s body becomes unprotected from such problems as fungal infection or imbalance of intestinal bacteria. The excessive quantity of antibiotics also reduces or damage immunity, which leads to new and new diseases.
This does not mean that antibiotics are harmful. No way! They are very useful. But it is necessary to use them in appropriate way. It is better to consult your doctor before choosing antibiotic useful for you personally depending on the disease you have. Here is the list of conditions in which antibiotics won’t work:
- All viral infections including colds, the flu (influenza);
- Allergic conditions;
However, antibiotics will be very useful to treat such diseases as bronchitis, sinusitis, urinary tract infections, strep throat, and all other conditions caused by bacteria.
If your doctor has prescribed you antibiotics, follow the scheme of treatment carefully. Do not stop taking antibiotics even if you feel well. The bacteria which caused the disease should be killed completely. Follow the dosing instructions strictly. Good luck and be healthy!