A man walks into a bar and picks up Gonorrhea.
The development of antibiotics was one of the most important advances of medicine. But now, because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat and easier to pick up.
Multi-drug-resistant organisms, particularly ones that cause tuberculosis, gonorrhoea or hospital-acquired infections are now on the rise. Antibiotic resistance is not coming – it is here now.
Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria mutate in response to antibiotic use. Antibiotic resistance is a global issue and affecting Australians today. You may have already heard of resistant strains, sometimes referred to as ‘superbugs’, like MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Multi-drug resistant E. coli in urinary tract infections is present in Australia. Failure of the last resort antibiotic treatment for the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea has even occurred in Australia.
Antibiotics do not work for all infections. They don’t treat viral colds and flu; and most coughs, earaches, sinus congestion and sore throats will get better without antibiotics.
If you are usually healthy and well, your immune system will take care of most respiratory tract infections— including viral and some bacterial infections — by itself. Be part of the solution: don’t demand antibiotics; tell your doctor that you only want antibiotics if they are truly necessary.
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