In the medical world, one big cause for concern is increasing antibiotic resistance. In recent years, we have seen an increase in antimicrobial resistance. So, what exactly is this phenomenon, and how can the overuse of antibiotics contribute to this rising problem?
First things first, what are bacteria? Bacteria are the germs which are found both inside and outside of our bodies. Both good and bad bacteria exist. Antibiotics can be used to prevent and combat infections which are caused by bacteria, and in the medical world they are crucial to help fight serious bacterial infections.
Occasionally, there arises the issue of antimicrobial resistance. This can occur when bacteria no longer respond to the drugs which have been created to destroy them. A key point to note is that this does not mean that our body is resistant to antibiotics.
Essentially, antimicrobial resistance is a process which can occur anytime antibiotics are used. However, when too many antibiotics are unnecessarily used or misused, the effectiveness of these drugs falls under threat. Sometimes, people can use antibiotics which are not needed, such as when they are prescribed for colds or the flu. So, what can you as an individual do? Whilst it may not seem like it, every individual does in fact play a role in improving antibiotic use. This means that by using antibiotics responsibly, you can help to fight antimicrobial resistance and help improve the likelihood that these drugs will still be available for future generations. Responsible use of antibiotics will help protect future generations.