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Limit Antibiotic Resistance With These 5 Simple Home Rules

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Limit Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance is no longer a threat, but a worldwide reality, shows the recent informative report, published by The World Health Organization. However, there are simple ways we can limit antibiotic resistance if we follow our doctors' directions. We are up-against 7 different bacteria.

This morning I was looking at the top health stories worldwide and this article, published in the French Journal des Femmes (Women's Magazine) caught my attention. It shares some very simple and practical tips on how people can limit antibiotic resistance at home. Keep in mind, today the definition of antibiotic resistance has changed from a threat to reality. In fact, according to the story, France today holds the European record of consumption of antibiotics.

How Big is The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance Worldwide

WHO's report shows that antibiotic resistance has become a worldwide threat to public health. While antibiotics have helped the humanity to prolong life and live healthier, we are entering the post-antibiotic era and all the stakeholders need to take effective actions to tackle the problem, warns the report. "Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill," says Dr Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security.

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7 Different Bacteria Are Responsible For Common Diseases

The picture, depicted by WHO is very comprehensive. It covers the current state of antibiotic resistance in 114 countries. It documents the antibiotic resistance of seven different bacteria responsible for common serious illnesses such as hematological infections (sepsis, which caused the death of this beautiful 20 years-old Brazilian model iin 2009), diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea. The findings are very worrying.

Antibiotic resistance hits our hospitals. Especially worrisome is the high levels of E. coli resistance in hospitals. Because of this problem, people have to stay longer in hospitals, which in turn increases the cost of healthcare. In fact, experts from UK sounded an alarm about the problem a year ago. They warned that not enough diligence is being directed at solving the problem of antibiotic resistance. As a result. Today, we have what we have.

Here are 5 basic rules

  1. Always follow the dose and duration of treatment, even if symptoms improve and you no longer feel sick.
  2. Do not give treatment to someone else, even if that person has the same symptoms. Each prescription is individual and only the doctor can decide what is appropriate.
  3. Do not reuse an antibiotic later, once the treatment is finished.
  4. Contact your doctor when in doubt or when observing unexpected side effects.
  5. Finally, among the important measures to be adopted include the prevention of infections. It starts with a good personal hygiene.

Follow these simple acts of personal hygiene

  • Wash your hands after using the toilet
  • Wash your hands after sneezing
  • Wash your hands before eating

It is also possible to limit the growing resistance by using antibiotics wisely. Antibiotics are not a magic bullet that can heal everything right away. Antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, they are only effective against bacteria. The more you use, the more antibiotic resistance will increase.