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Antibacterial Resistance Can Lead to Stronger Bacterial Strains

The United States spent $10.7 billion on antibiotics in 2009, but we don't always need them.

Posted: Oct 2, 2017 7:10 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2017 1:42 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The United States spent $10.7 billion on antibiotics in 2009, but we don't always need them.

Overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance -- a deadly and growing problem.

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a given bacteria to fight off the effects of an antimicrobial drug. Instead of being killed off, the bacteria survives and continues to multiply.

Antibiotic resistance means illnesses that were once easy to treat could now become dangerous infections. 

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a given bacteria to fight off the effects of an antimicrobial drug. Instead of being killed off, the bacteria survives and continues to multiply. 

They can require more doctor visits or more expensive kind of medicine.

Sometimes, drug resistant infections can lead to death. 

The CDC says over-prescription and misuse of antibiotics are the main culprits. So take antibiotics only when they're needed, and never pressure your doctor to prescribe them.

Colds, the flu, sore threats, most chest colds and many sinus and ear-infections are not caused by bacteria, so antibiotics will not have an impact on them.

Don't save antibiotics for use at a later date. If you have questions about whether or not a sickness can be cured by antibiotics, talk to your doctor. 

 

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