Antibiotics 2

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Antibiotics are powerful medicines, but they cannot cure everything. And not using them correctly can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections in your body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses continues his look at antibiotics in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic. These resistant bacteria are stronger and harder to kill. They can stay in your body and cause severe illnesses.

To avoid the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics.

Rememberthere are potential risks when taking any prescription drug. Antibiotics should only be used when your doctor determines they are needed.

You should not use antibiotics to treat the common cold or the flu.

If antibiotics are prescribed for you to treat a bacterial infection such as strep throatbe sure to take all the medicine. Only using part of the prescription means that only part of the infection has been treated. Not finishing the medicine can cause resistant bacteria to develop.

Your health care provider will determine when antibiotics are needed to treat your illness. Whether or not you need antibiotics depends on what is causing your infection.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.