Dr. Zachary Lutsky has been a practicing emergency physician for 15 years. Due to his experience, Dr. Zachary Lutsky has become familiar with antibiotic resistance.
Antibiotics inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause infections in the body. Over time, however, bacteria may become resistant to these antibiotics.
To prevent this from happening, doctors recommend being cautious about antibiotic use. According to the CDC, about half of all antibiotic use is unnecessary.
Reducing the widespread use of antibiotics is the responsibility of both physicians and patients. Medical professionals should not prescribe antibiotics unless their use is necessary.
Patients should take their antibiotics only as prescribed by their doctors. They should make sure to finish thew course of antibiotics prescribed. Patients should not take any leftover antibiotics or take anyone else’s antibiotics. Medication taken carelessly will promote antibiotic resistance.
In addition to limiting antibiotic use, the general public can prevent the need for antibiotics by staying immunized. Vaccination programs are important in stopping the spread of diseases, the use of antibiotics, and as a result, antibiotic resistance.