Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

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Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

The Dangers of Antibiotic Resistance

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"I think I'll take some of my leftover antibiotics because I don't feel like dealing with my cold today.

What is Antibiotic Resistance?

Antibiotic Resistance is an occurance in bacteria where bacteria become resistant or immune to medications known as antibiotics. This happens when antibiotic are overused or misused. Organisms pass on information through DNA and organisms evolve due to random "accidents" in the copying of DNA from parent to child. This creates what is called genetic diversity. When antibiotics are introduced to a body that contains a genetically divers population of bacteria, it is possible that some of the bacteria will be resistant to the antibiotic. Only the resistant bacteria survive and pass on the traits that make them resistant to the next generation. When Antibiotic medication is used improperly or too often, it can create 'Super Bug' bacteria in the body that are immune to many or all forms of medication. A real life example of super bugs is Gonorrhea. Certain strains of the disesase were subjected to antibiotics a few at a time but not all the becteria were killed from any of the treatments. Eventually an new strain of Gonorrhea rose up. Now there are many cases of people with nearly untreatable Gonorrhea.

Resistant DNA passed on

The main causes of extreme antibiotic resistance is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. This isn't limited to pills. Excessive use of antibiotic cleaners and sanitizers also contributes to the growing problem.To solve the problem, follow your doctors instructions to the letter when being prescribed antibiotics. Refrain from using antibiotics unless you are seriously sick. Never use antibiotics for a cold. A cold is caused by a virus and viruses are not affected by antibiotics at all. Also try to avoid the overuse of antibiotic cleaners and sanitizers in your home.This will greatly reduce the chances of a superbug being made.

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