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Danger: Antibiotics Aren’t Necessary in 25 Percent of Cases

Did you know there are certain illnesses that no antibiotic in the world can cure? For example, antibiotics won’t make your cold go away, as colds are caused by viruses — something antibiotics don’t treat. Yet, across the U.S. medical professionals who should know better have been caught prescribing antibiotics that aren’t necessary and won’t work in 25 percent of cases.

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The danger in this is, as Quartz explains, is that overprescribing antibiotics for ailments the drugs can’t fix makes it harder for them to work on illnesses they can. The problem is the more antibiotics are overprescribed for the wrong things, the more they raise the risk for drug-resistant bacteria to become superbugs resistant to every antibiotic known to man.

Antibiotics in medicine have been widely overprescribed for decades in humans, but one of the more recent worries with these life-saving drugs is the use of them for growth promotion in livestock. Antibiotics such as oxytetracycline and streptomycin are also used as pestides in agriculture, setting the world up for a future with nothing that will be able to treat human illnesses due to the fact that so many germs have become “superbugs” capable of resisting the strongest antibiotic.

For years now, scientists have warned we are entering a pre-antibiotic era once more, where infections that were once simple to treat will become deadly. Already, drug-resistant urinary tract infections (UTIs) and tuberculosis are on the rise, as are several sexually transmitted diseases. For example, the two main strains of syphilis in circulation worldwide have developed resistance to azithromycin, the second drug of choice for this infection.

Gonorrhea has also grown resistant to all antibiotics that have been used against it, and is rapidly developing resistance against cephalosporins, the drug of last resort. In the case of UTIs, drug-resistant infections have actually been traced back to the consumption of chicken contaminated with antibiotic-resistant E. coli.

As more and more antibiotics become useless, surgeries will also become life-threatening events, and organ transplants may become virtually impossible.

The only way to stop this before it’s too late is to eliminate nonmedical use of antibiotics RIGHT NOW. That means banning it from use in agriculture and livestock, except when necessary to stop extreme illness.

It also means questioning your own physicians when they are too quick to prescribe an antibiotic — if you’re not feeling well and you get an antibiotic for flu or a cold, always ask the doctors if they’re absolutely certain an antibiotic will treat what you have. In other words, use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.

Other things you can do is refuse to use antibiotic household products and cleaners and soaps in your home. Don’t eat foods that you know have been sourced from antibiotic-fed animals. Practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, and by making sure to wash any utensils and kitchen supplies thoroughly with soap and water when you use them to prepare food.

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