Antibiotic Awareness Week
World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, and policy makers to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistance.
What are Antibiotics?
Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent certain types of bacterial infections. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing and spreading. However, bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic.
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most significant threats to patient’s safety in the World today.
You Need to Get Smart about Antibiotics to Slow Down Antibiotic Resistance
1. Antibiotics are life-saving drugs so use them wisely.
2. Antibiotics only treat bacterial infections and are of no use in viral infections.
3. Antibiotics are not required for most sore throats because the most common cause of a sore throat is virus.
4. Antibiotics are not required for some ear infections because they may occur due to fungal or viral infection.
5. There are potential risks when taking any antibiotic because they can cause complications such as upset stomach to serious allergic reactions.
To slow down the development of antibiotic resistance, it is important to use antibiotics in the right way – use the right drug, right dose, at the right time, and for the right duration. Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed and never saved for later or shared with others.
Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, such as common cold, flu, most coughs and sore throat. Some antibiotics are also not suitable for people with certain medical conditions, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should only Take Prescribed Antibiotics and Never Borrow Antibiotics from friends or family members.
If you have any concerns or doubts regarding the Antibiotics talk to your doctor.