Antibiotics: They can cure. They can kill
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that help stop bacterial infections. They are used to kill germs that cause certain illnesses. Protect yourself and your family by learning how to take them correctly. Every time you take an antibiotic when you don’t need it or if you take it incorrectly, you increase your chance of getting an illness that is resistant to antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance has become one of the top health concerns in the world today. Resistance happens when antibiotics are used too often or inappropriately for viral infections. When resistance develops, the antibiotic is not able to kill the germs causing the infection. Your infection may last longer, and instead of getting better you get worse. In fact, last year in the United States 23,000 people died from infections that their body had developed an antibiotic resistance to the medicine used to treat the infection.
In addition, there are a limited number of new antibiotics being developed, which means we will have fewer options in the future.
Virus or Bacteria—What’s making you sick?
Viruses and bacteria are the two types of germs that cause infections. It is very important to know that antibiotics cannot kill virus germs, but can kill bacteria germs. Viral infections should not be treated with antibiotics. The video above will demonstrate when you need an antibiotic and why you need to talk with your doctor about what's making you sick.