The Truth About Antibiotics

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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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How To Regain Your Energy After Finishing Taking Antibiotics

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Let’s face it, sometimes we get sick and need antibiotics. This can often lead to us being very tired and run down, sometimes even after you finish your prescribed dosage of antibiotic. But there is good news, there are things that we can do to improve our energy levels after taking antibiotics. Here is a list of things that has worked for us in the past and may not work for everyone.

Ease Back In to It

It may be difficult for you to go straight back to daily life after taking antibiotics. Your energy levels will be much lower than before so don’t push it. Ease back in to your daily life and you should be fine.

Walk Daily

If you didn’t already do so, try walking daily for at least 30 minutes. This can greatly improve your energy levels, health, and fitness. All major benefits to getting back on track.

Drink Smoothies Everyday

Try drinking smoothies daily. Just make sure that you are putting in healthy ingredients and not junk. If you want some healthy smoothie recipes, click the link. Your smoothie should be fully loaded of vitamins and minerals that should help you get your energy back.

Vitamin D

Another one that can help really well is vitamin D. Vitamin D is what we get from the sun and definitely helps with energy levels. This can also help in areas with limited sunlight in the winter.

There you have it, you should now be ready to get back and re-join civilization.

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5 Myths About Antibiotics

Antibiotics have been around for many many years now and unfortunately some of us seem to have distorted views on antibiotics these days. Below are 5 myths that some of us think are true.

It’s Ok To Stop Taking Antibiotics Early

Sometimes we may be tempted to stop taking antibiotics before we have finished the prescription as we feel better. However, this is generally not a good idea as the infection may not have been fully killed and may return. So if your doctor says to take the whole prescription of antibiotics, it is best to do so.

Antibiotics Are Great For Colds

Antibiotics are great for bacterial infections but not affective for viral infections. A cold is a viral infection and therefore antibiotics will have little to no benefit to treating a cold.

Antibiotics Cause Snoring

Many people think that antibiotics will cause snoring. However this is not the case, but some antibiotics cause drowsiness which may get you into a deeper sleep and therefore you may snore. But this is generally only applicable for people who already snore.

Antibiotics Are Worth Taking ‘Just In Case’

Some people take antibiotics just in case they get sick or start feeling a little sick. This is very pointless as each antibiotic is for a particular bacterial infection. So taking ‘antibiotics’ just to be on the safe side is a waste of time. This and most antibiotics actually cause a range of side effects from rashes, nausea, diarrhea, etc.

They Always Work

While antibiotics usually work well in treating bacterial infections, there are times where the antibiotics fail in this task. This may be because your illness has become resilient to the antibiotic you took. If you still feel unwell after you finish the course of your antibiotics, always see your doctor and alert them of your situation.

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What Antibiotics Are Needed For

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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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