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Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is Serious

11/16/11

(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic resistance occurs when a bacterium mutates and becomes immune to the effects of a specific antibiotic.

You can help prevent antibiotic resistance by taking an antibiotic regimen only when necessary. Remember that antibiotics don't work against viral infections such as a cold or the flu.

If you do begin taking an antibiotic, you should never skip a dose. Also, you should finish the entire amount that your doctor has prescribed, despite the fact that you might be feeling better.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says antibiotic-resistant bacteria are dangerous because:

  • It may be difficult to find a medication that kills the bacteria.
  • Resistant bacteria tend to spread more quickly between families and within communities.
  • Infections become more difficult and more expensive to treat.
  • People may die from a resistant infection before it can be treated successfully.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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