Another precaution against antibiotic resistant infections is the proper use of antibiotics. One reason that we are seeing more antibiotic resistant infections is because of the overuse of antibiotics.
I live near the Mexican border. It is common practice for people to go across the border to buy antibiotics, when they have a ‘bad’ cold or flu, These conditions are usually caused by a virus and unaffected by antibiotics.
One should only take an antibiotic when it is ordered by their physician or health care provider. When taking an antibiotic, you need to take the full course of the prescription, otherwise the organism will not be killed.
These practices contribute to the organisms developing increased resistance to the antibiotics.
A medical concern today is increasing antibiotic resistant infections. One precaution that all of us can take is faithful hand washing.
It is important to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Especially wash them before you eat and after you use the bathroom. Because there are people who do not wash their hands in a public restroom, I always use a paper towel to open the door when leaving the restroom, so I do not pick up the germs from the non washers. I like the establishments who leave a wastebasket next to the restroom door so it is easy to dispose of my paper towel.
Next week, I will discuss another precaution which is proper use of antibiotics.
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