Medicine Fights Back
To reduce the occurrence of antibiotic resistance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have put together a number of combative strategies for the public and healthcare professionals to pay attention to.
The top approach involves the correct prescribing of antibiotics. For example, by encouraging doctors not to prescribe them for viral infections.
Another combative strategy involves properly educating the public about the use of antibiotics, including the importance of completing a prescribed antibiotic course, even if the patient starts to rally round and feel better during the treatment. Just because a person is on the mend it does not mean that the causative bacteria have been completely eliminated from their system. They must stay the fight and complete the course.
Sometimes when a person doesn’t finish the full course of antibiotics, they often save the medication for the next time they are ill. But antibiotics are prescribed for specific illnesses. Taking an antibiotic that’s ineffective against an infection raises the risk of antibiotic resistance.
The FDA has created strict labeling regulations addressing how antibiotics should be properly used. All prescription labeling must contain several statements advising healthcare professions to only prescribe the medications to treat bacterial infections. The labels encourage proper patient counseling of the medications as well.
But these aren't our only weapons against antibiotic resistance. There are many natural remedies that contain the same properties as antibiotics, and produce similar effects as medications, and in some situations are commonly recommended by physicians. Many remedies restrict the growth of bacterial and fungal infections, reducing the need for prescription drugs. Others aid the immune system, promoting rapid healing. Some remedies can even be used to treat common symptoms associated with illnesses such as sore throat and ear ache.
NB: The content of this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace sound medical advice and opinion.