Antibiotic Resistance and How You Can Avoid It

\"AntibioticAntibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria continue to grow in spite of the presence of therapeutic levels of antibiotics. The bacteria become resistant to the medicine, and the latter becomes ineffective. This more commonly occurs in cases of patients who fail to complete a full cycle of antibiotic treatment, which is why it is always highly encouraged to remain on an antibiotic regimen for the entire prescribed timeline. Even in cases where a patient has seemingly returned to “normal” before the full prescription has been administered, patients should always finish their treatment to prevent antibiotic resistance.

It’s difficult to understand whether or not an ailment is the result of a bacterial or viral infection, and even more difficult to determine whether or not antibiotics will be effective in treating a patient’s symptoms. Patients should always approach antibiotics knowing that not everything is always treatable with such, as some sicknesses simply take time to heal. It is common to search the internet for answers and assume antibiotics are the cure, but allowing a Primary Care Physician to properly determine the source of exhibited symptoms, and following the prescribed treatment—may it be rest and fluids or a medicinal regimen—is imperative in preventing antibiotic resistance.

How do you know if a cold will simply go away on its own, versus needing to be treated by a Primary Care Physician? Symptoms such as high fever, thick drainage, coughing and wheezing are more commonly treated and resolved with antibiotics. If a patient has failed to follow an antibiotic prescription plan properly in the past, however, this can prove to be more difficult to treat.

Antibiotic resistance is a big problem, often rooted in the fact that patients tend to seek said treatment without proper examination. Self–diagnosing is not recommended, and the expectation of an antibiotic prescription being delivered for every cold a patient experiences should end.

Trust your Primary Care Physician; they are familiar with your medical history, the normalcies of your body and overall health, and are properly equipped to make decisions regarding treatment.

Contact your Primary Care Physician at Colorado Primary Health Care today to learn more.

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