What is Antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotics are medicines used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate. This is known as antibiotic resistance.
How does antibiotic resistance threaten health?
Antibiotics are essential medicines used to treat bacterial infections in people and animals. Bacteria are living organisms that can mutate and evolve and can develop ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic and become ‘resistant’.
The more you take antibiotics, the more likely bacteria are to become resistant to treatment. If antibiotic resistance increases:
- - many infectious diseases could become untreatable
- - medical and surgical procedures, such as a hip replacement, could become more risky in the future
Antibiotic resistance has already led to the emergence of strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to many different antibiotics (superbugs). These types of infections can be serious and challenging to treat and are becoming an increasing cause of disability and death across the world.
The biggest worry is that new strains of bacteria may emerge that can't be effectively treated by any existing antibiotics.
Don’t always think antibiotics will make you better!
If you are suffering from illnesses such as the cold and flu, then feel free to call in and chat to any of our pharmacists who are highly trained professionals and they will be able to recommend treatments and remedies to help ease your symptoms. It is totally free to you as a customer to speak to one of our pharmacists and no appointment is necessary.
For more information on antibiotic resistance then visit: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/antibiotic-resistance