Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria And Antibiotics

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Bacterial infections are becoming resistant to antibiotics due to people that are sick and receive an antibiotic from their doctor; but as soon as they start to feel better they stop taking the antibiotic. If you stop taking antibiotics before the treatment is over can cause the bacteria to return stronger and this time resistant to that antibiotic. Another reason that certain bacteria’s are becoming resistant to antibiotics is due to patients expecting doctors to prescribe antibiotics to them even though they have a viral infection not a bacterial one. “Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.” ("Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria."). Because of the large amount of antibiotics we take we are killing off our normal flora, which helps us digest our food. Multi-drug resistance is when a bacterium has mutated due to the use of too many antibiotics or due to incorrect use. When a bacterium is determined as resistant it means that even at a therapeutic level the antibiotic is not breaking down the cell wall, which means the bacterium will continue to multiply and spread. The largest cause of resistance is overuse and the incorrect use of antibiotics. Giving incorrect amounts of antibiotics can cause the good bacteria in your body to become dangerous bacteria; creating a dangerous multi-drug resistant infection all

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