The Truth About Antibiotics

Antibiotics

The word antibiotic was first used in 1942 but this doesn’t meant that antibiotics were first used then. In fact, it was in 1929 when penicillin was first used – an antibiotic. But this lacked some of the main components to kill bacteria and some of the ingredients that we see in today’s antibiotics.

With advancements of modern medicine, most of the ingredients are now semisynthetic versions of the natural compounds. There are two main categories of antibiotics, bactericidal agents kill bacteria and bacteriostatic agents slowdown of stall bacterial spread.

Alcohol

Alcohol should never be taken with antibiotics unless otherwise specifically stated. Mixing alcohol with antibiotics can cause various side effects and in addition can lessen the benefit of the antibiotic. Please avoid alcohol while taking antibiotics.

Side Effects Of Antibiotics

While antibiotics have their place in the human lifecycle, they do have their issues. Most antibiotics don’t have any side effects for some people but others suffer. Some of the side effects include weight gain (try different ways to lose weight to combat the weight gain), allergic reactions, rashes, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, headaches, abdominal pain, among other side effects. The most important thing to do if you do experience ANY side effect is to see your doctor.

Alternatives

There has been an increase in bacterial strains so there has had to be some changes in antibiotics. There are alternatives:

  • Resisitance-Modifying Agents
  • Vaccines

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What Antibiotics Are Needed For

Antibiotics

The first question should be, do antibiotics work for all infections? The answer is no. Antibiotics work against bacterial infections and not virus infections. So when you see your doctor, find out what kind of infection you have.

The Common Cold & Flu

Many people go to the doctor for a cold or the flu, and quite often they are prescribed antibiotics. Unfortunately antibiotics will not help in fighting the common cold. The cold and the flu are viruses and antibiotics treat bacteria so will have little to no affect. Next time you are prescribed antibiotics for a cold, ask your doctor what exactly the antibiotics will do to help.

Sore Throat

Most sore throats do not need antibiotics as they are usually caused by viruses. However, the exception here is strep throat. Strep throat is a bacterial infection and will need antibiotics. See your doctor to properly diagnose your health issue.

Scraps And Cuts

For most scraps or cuts from grass, dirt or metal, you will not need antibiotics. However there are certain cases where you will need them or a tetanus shot. Make sure you get your injury looked at by a professional. So if you start learning to play golf and you cut yourself on the golf course for example, you will more likely need a tetanus shot (if you haven’t had one in the last few years) then antibiotics. But just to be safe, see a doctor and get their professional suggestion.

Ear Infections

Many ear infections are caused by a bacterial infection and will need antibiotics for treatment. However, some ear infections are virus caused. Best thing to do is see your doctor for a diagnoses.

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