Health Tip: Understanding Antibiotic Resistance
What you can do to help prevent it
(HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria mutate and make certain medications ineffective in preventing bacterial infections.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers these suggestions for preventing antibiotic-resistant infections:
- Talk to your doctor about whether you actually need an antibiotic to treat a particular illness.
- Don't take antibiotics when they are not helpful. For example, antibiotics will not treat infections caused by viruses, including the common cold and the flu.
- Always take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Don't skip any dose, and don't stop taking them early, even if you feel better.
- Never "save" antibiotics to take later. Never re-use them for a different illness.
- Never take an antibiotic that was prescribed to another person.