‘For the Health of It’ Overuse of Antibiotics

CHENANGO COUNTY – Antibiotics have been used for the past 70 years to help reduce illness and death from infectious diseases, however, if antibiotics are not used properly they can actually be harmful to our health.

Even if you are ill, antibiotics may not always be the best treatment option. Antibiotics cannot cure viral illnesses such as the flu and colds, and using an antibiotic to treat anything but a bacterial infection will not cure what ails you, make you feel better or make you less contagious. Historically, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics has caused major health concerns.

Using any form antibiotic when it is not needed causes some bacteria to survive, multiply and become resistant to the administered antibiotic. The resistant strains of bacteria are much stronger and harder to kill and can stay in your body, which may cause severe illnesses that cannot be cured with traditional antibiotics. These resistant bacteria may even lead to death.

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