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Kiowa County Signal - Kiowa County, KS
  • COLUMN: 'To give or not to give antibiotics'

  • This is one of the most frustrating question providers have to deal with on a daily basis.


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  • This is one of the most frustrating question providers have to deal with on a daily basis. Since the late 19th century antibiotics have been used to help treat infections that actually respond to them and when in 1942 penicillin was introduced, it was hailed as an unprecedented medical discovery that delivered the Nobel Prize to its developers. Penicillin was so powerful that it killed a wide range of bacteria and was not even affected by the presence of pus. Now let’s stop and think about the last time we got a prescription for penicillin recently. The answer is never! We misused and overprescribed antibiotics so much that penicillin barely works anymore!
    Every year, everyone probably faces his shares of colds and when they go to the doctor many expect antibiotics and they actually get surprised and maybe even angry if they leave the doctor’s office empty handed especially parents who want their kids to get well as quickly as possible!
    100%of colds are caused by viruses and more than 99% of sinus infections and bronchitis are also caused by viruses. So taking antibiotics not only won’t work, but also has many dangerous side effects. Over time this practice helped create resistant bacteria. So now we are always in search for newer and stronger and of course more expensive antibiotics. The Center for disease control and prevention calls this as one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.
    Besides, antibiotics can cause rash, vomiting, and diarrhea that can be deadly. Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in our system allowing very dangerous organisms to grow and cause this occasionally fatal diarrhea. They also can cause allergies ranging from a simple rash to respiratory failure and death.
    So please next time when you leave your doctor’s office without antibiotics, keep in mind that he may actually be doing you a favor.
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