Antibiotics are drugs that widely used in the treatment of infectious diseases. However when it comes to virus infections, antibiotics actually put the users in a more dangerous condition.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotics are the major cause of emergency department visits for drug side effects events. Adequate rest, high water intake, and over the counter medication is the preferred options for treating a virus.
Antibiotics do not work against viruses, but only bacteria. Yet although the CDC has tried to reduce the number of unnecessary antibiotics to children in recent years, there are still many parents who often give antibiotics to treat colds and other viral infections.
Improper use of antibiotic was not only increase the viral immunity, but it also increase the cost burden of health system. Since the resistance infections are harder, so they are take more longer and more cost to get treated.
“Antibiotics are the most important tool to fight life-threatening bacterial infections but resistance to these drugs is also one of the most pressing health threats in the world,” said CDC.
The agency urges people to be smart and do not use antibiotics to fight viral infections. For instance colds, most sore throats, acute bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections are viral and will not be helped by antibiotics. Instead, this is what is more likely to happen:
- The infection will not be cured.
- The users will remain sick and not feel better.
- The users may experience unnecessary and harmful side effects.
“Most of the antibiotic resistance problem occurs when patients are prescribed for the right reasons, but take them improperly. So if you are prescribed an antibiotic, you should not skip doses, and definitely not save it for next time,” said Catharine Paddock PhD, as reported by MedicalNewsToday.com.