Antibiotic Resistance

WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS?

Antibiotics are medications that fight bacteria by either stopping their multiplication or killing them totally. They are used only in the treatment of bacterial infections NOT viral infections. Antibiotics are used for both treatment of infections and prevention in some cases with people who have had heart surgery or joint replacement.

WHAT CAUSES INFECTIONS?

Germs or microbes like parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses can cause infections.

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE, WHAT IS IT?

Antibiotic resistance natural phenomenon. It is a defence mechanism of bacteria that allows them to live and multiply, even when an antibiotic is present. It occurs when bacteria changes so that the antibiotics which are being used to treat the bacteria become less effective or in some cases do not work at all.

ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE, WHAT CAUSES IT?

Resistance to antibiotics can happen naturally but the main contributor is the overuse and/or misuse of antibiotics.

PROBIOTICS AND ANTIBIOTICS

If you do have to take antibiotics, taking probiotics during the course of your antibiotic treatment will help slow the growth of Candida (a yeast like, parasitic fungus) by filling your gut with beneficial bacteria. Because probiotics maintain the balance in your gut, they also reduce the side effects of the antibiotics.

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