Health Tip: Why Antibiotic Resistance Is
(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic resistance occurs when a
bacterium mutates and becomes immune to the effects of a specific
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
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
- Resistant bacteria tend to spread more quickly between families
and within communities.
- Infections become more difficult and more expensive to
- People may die from a resistant infection before it can be
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