Myths about antibiotics

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antibiotics pillsThere are many prevalent myths and half-truths surrounding the antibiotics, some of them dangerous and some are pretty harmless. In this short article, we will discuss some of the most popular.

  • Myth #1. You can cure a cold with antibiotics. This one is fairly simple: antibiotics work against bacteria, they work great against fungi and several parasites, but they are ineffective against viruses.
  • Myth #2. It’s completely okay to take antibiotics prescribed to someone else. This can cause serious health issues and complication. You must consult a specialist before taking antibiotics. It’s a great idea in general – talk to someone who knows more about the subject than you do.
  • Myth #3. You can stop early. There’s always a certain prescribed dose, there’s always a certain duration of the treatment. Many people stop taking antibiotics altogether once they start feeling better. This can lead to serious health complications.
  • Myth #4. You should safe leftover drugs. Many people complain about drug prices, many people try to save on the costs by saving leftover drugs. You can take the drugs next time you are sick, but you should know that the medicines lose their potency fairly fast. Once again, this can make your condition even worse.
  • Myth #5. You should take them just in case. Many, many people seem to believe that you should take antibiotics even there’s a very slim chance they will help. This is a dangerous myth. You should think about all the side-effects first.
  • Myth #6. Antibiotics can never be infective. Sadly, you can still be sick even after you have completed a course of antibiotics. You should definitely alert your doctor if that’s the case. There might be more serious issues than originally thought.
  • Myth #7. Antibiotics and resistance. There are many myths surrounding this fairly controversial subject. Let’s go over some of them. Some people say that if you take antibiotics correctly, they will never cause resistance. In fact, that is absolutely not true. When we use antibiotics, it kills off all the sensitive bacteria (i.e. the ones that don’t have a resistance mechanism), but it leaves bacteria that are resistant. Some people say that it’s our bodies that become resistant to antibiotics. This is simply not true: it’s always the bacteria. There’s nothing we could do or change about our bodies to cancel out the bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics.

The main takeaway from this article should be – always stay safe. Do not do something without talking to your doctor first.