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Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Spiralling Out Of Control

By Features Desk

Monday, August 14, 2017.

How often do you feel pains in your leg or head and take a paracetamol? How often do you take antibiotics to treat viral infections? On the face it, popping a pill doesn’t appear to be a bad thing. Even if it doesn’t work, it acts as a placebo and makes people feel that little bit better anyway. Plus, there is no harm, right? Wrong, there is a lot of harm because 23,000 individuals in the US alone die every year from antibiotic resistance. And, the number is growing as the WHO try to raise awareness of the potential epidemic. These stats shouldn’t scare you into submission. Instead, they should force you into action. Here are the steps you need to take.

Stop Popping Pills

Over-the-counter drugs are like safety blankets for children. In their time of need, they make them feel safe and comfortable. Pills do the same, which is why millions of people take them needlessly year on year. Thankfully, the solution is simple: stop. No one forces you to take an aspirin for a headache – that is your choice. Yes, there are times when drugs are necessary, yet their effect will be minimal if you continue to pop them without a care in the world. Try drinking lots of water and getting plenty of rest instead.


Avoid Infections

The best way to treat a disease or illness is to prevent it in the first place. Of course, some are easier to avoid than others, especially if they are highly contagious. Mumps, for example, spreads through droplets of saliva and the disease survives for up to five days. Still, regular infections, such as a cold or the flu are far simpler to evade. To begin with, always wash your hands before you prepare and eat a meal. That way, the bacteria on your hands won’t contaminate your dinner. Next, put fluids into glasses rather than drinking out of the bottle. And, don’t share the bottle either. Finally, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze and burn the tissues.

Make Donations To Disease Centres

Scientists are doing great work to fight back against antibiotic resistance, but they need help. There is only a small amount of money available for funding, and a chip-seq kit does not come cheap. Therefore, the people at the forefront of the research need help from the general population. Although carrying out tests and analysing the results is realistic, you can do your bit by donating. Organisations like the CDC need as much cash as possible to make breakthroughs and keep the world safe.

Take It Seriously

The topic might get more column inches and it might get more real, but people don’t react until it is too late. The last thing anyone wants is to be in the hospital and find the treatment isn’t responsive. The key is to be proactive and take steps now to safeguard your long-term future and the future of the people you love.

To do that, you need to understand the gravity of the situation.

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Spiralling Out Of Control

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