Antibiotics

Antibiotics


When we use antibiotics is when we suspect
a bacterial infection. There are a lot of different types of infections
and one of the biggest distinctions we need to make is, is it a virus or is it a bacteria
causing these symptoms. When we do suspect a bacteria that’s when
we use an antibiotic. Like with all medications there are benefits
and then there are risks and side effects. So with antibiotics some risks would be side
effects that include diarrhea or loosening of the bowels, also some stomach upset and
nausea. Some people can get rashes or headaches and
then another important infection that can happen from antibiotic use is a stomach infection
that is called Clostridium Difficile or C-Diff. This is a very serious bowel infection that
can be caused by antibiotics. Also in the big picture of things, sometimes
if we use antibiotics when we shouldn’t or if we use them too short in duration, so
if you don’t take your full course, that can lead to something called antibiotic resistance
which means the antibiotics don’t work for bacteria that they should work for. That is why we don’t want to give antibiotics
if we suspect a viral illness because it will not help you get better and we could be exposing
you to antibiotic resistance down the line. The first question is do I need an antibiotic. That is one of the biggest things that we
need to determine in clinic. Do we think this is viral or do we think this
is bacterial? Then it is always important to ask about side
effects for all medications especially antibiotics because some people don’t realize that there
can be negative effects if we are using them inappropriately

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