Antibiotic Awareness Week: Antibiotics or antibacterials are medications that can destroy the slow growth of bacteria in the body. Antibiotics include a range of potent medications to treat diseases caused by bacteria. It is important to keep in mind that antibiotics cannot treat viral infections such as the cold, the flu and most coughs. While antibiotics offer rapid relief from bacterial infections such as fever and pneumonia, excessive use or use without a prescription can put you at risk of antibiotic resistance and much more. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the excessive use and misuse of antibiotics puts us all at risk for health. On the occasion of the Antibiotic Awareness Week (November 18-24), we talked about some side effects of excessive use of antibiotics and home remedies that work so effectively.
If you are in the habit of using antibiotics without a prescription, without a doctor's prescription, then you may be at risk of the following:
1. Excessive use of antibiotics can lead to Antibiotic resistance. This occurs when bacteria change in the same way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs or medications designed to treat or prevent infections. In this case, the bacteria survives and continues to multiply, causing more damage. Infections caused by antibiotics can lead to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and more deaths.
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2. When bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, common infections such as fever and cold will no longer be treatable, according to WHO.
Antibiotic resistance can cause cold and fever not to be treated
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3. Infections caused by antibiotic resistance can affect anyone at any age.
4. Antibiotic resistance makes the bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and not the patient.
5. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed or prescribed by doctors increases the appearance of antibiotic resistance. This, according to WHO, is one of the biggest threats to global health.
6. Once you become resistant to antibiotics, none of the treatments you are taking will work.
All these reasons are enough to convince you that the use of antibiotics every time you get sick can offer temporary relief, but it can harm you in more ways than you can imagine in the long term.
Also read: Everything you need to know about antibiotic resistance and its health hazards
The famous nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar has the perfect solution for this. In one of his recent publications, he shares that: 1) getting enough rest, 2) Drinking enough water and 3) Having curdled rice will offer the same effects as antibiotics in a week. Antibiotics may offer immediate relief in one day, but they come with the aforementioned side effects. Rest, water and curdled rice offer relief without side effects and resistance to antibiotics.
Drink enough water when you are sick. It will help speed up the recovery process.
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Follow these three steps before continuing with antibiotics, unless your doctor prescribes them. This will prevent resistance to antibiotics and allow medications to work as they are supposed to.
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