Antibiotics Consumption to Treat Viral Infections is Detrimental, Says CDC

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The increasing health problem with regard to the excessive and exploited use of antibiotics has been bothering the government and health professionals because of the detrimental effects that it can actually bring. Many issues regarding the escalating number of antibiotic prescriptions, increasing consumption of antibiotics by the general public, and administration of antibiotics for viral infections had appeared in the news lately. Moreover, the government and health professionals are doing extensive measures in order to relay to the public the possible harmful effects that they can get as a result of taking antibiotics excessively. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, taking antibiotics to treat viral infections are actually harmful than beneficial.

Furthermore, the Center for Disease Control said that, “Taking antibiotics when you or your child has a virus may do more harm than good. In fact, in children, antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug events. Rest, fluids, and over-the-counter products may be your or your child’s best treatment option.

The reports from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the number one and the most common cause of visits to different emergency departments are the adverse effects of using antibiotics. This is because most parents even though their children are suffering from viral infections such as simple colds; they tend to use antibiotics as a measure in order to treat their child. However, there is no beneficial effect of using antibiotics for viral infections because antibiotics are meant to treat bacterial infections and not viral infections. Also, it is suggested by the CDC that instead of using antibiotics for viral infection, the general public can just instead go with rest, increase fluid intake, and use over-the-counter medications.

The problem with the excessive use of antibiotics is simple. This can lead to the development of drug resistance.

Drug resistance happens when a specific microorganism, usually bacteria, develops a resistance against certain medications such as antibiotics after exposure to the drugs. This is caused by not following the prescribed amount of time in which the drug should be taken. When a certain individual feels that he is already healed and he is not already manifesting the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease and stop taking the medicine or antibiotic, this results to a potential health problem which is the development of an antibiotic resistant strain of bacteria.

Moreover, the use of antibiotics does not only puts a person to additional and complicated disease processes, but also it adds to the financial burden that a person might face as a result of the development of drug resistant strains of bacteria. Thus, the CDC is pushing hard widespread awareness to the general public that the excessive use of antibiotics especially for viral infections can back fire and cause additional problem.





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