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What Causes Antibiotic Resistance | What Is Antibiotic Resistance |How To Stop Antibiotic Resistance

Updated: Apr 14

What Causes Antibiotic Resistance | What Is Antibiotic Resistance | How To Stop Antibiotic Resistance - Bacterial Resistance - Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.

It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

The overuse of antibiotics in recent years means they're becoming less effective and has led to the emergence of "superbugs". These are strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different types of antibiotics


If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and

you haven’t been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective

self-care ways to help you feel better:

• Ask your pharmacist to recommend medicines to help with

symptoms or pain.

• Get plenty of rest.

• Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty.

• Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets

better by itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or

your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.

• Make sure to use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands

frequently to avoid spreading your infection to family and friends.


Here are a few guidelines to help you judge how long some common illnesses and symptoms should last for:

• Earache (middle ear infection) most people are better by 8 days

• Sore throat most people are better by 7–8 days

• Sinusitis (adults only) most people are better by 14–21 days

• Cold most people are better by 14 days

• Cough or bronchitis most people are better by 21 days

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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.




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