• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Antibiotics — avoiding misuse and resistance

February 2, 2018

medication bottles, tablets, capules and a syringe spilled out on a piece of paper with the word Antibiotics written on itAre you misusing antibiotics? 
Did you know that antibiotics can't treat colds, the flu and most sore throats? And that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics are key factors contributing to antibiotic resistance — when an antibiotic no longer has an effect on a certain strain of bacteria? For many years, the introduction of new antibiotics outpaced the development of antibiotic resistance. In recent years, however, the pace of medication resistance has contributed to an increasing number of health care problems. Find out more about the correct use of antibiotics and the role health care providers and patients play in antibiotic stewardship.

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