Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics by mutating (changing) their genes after being in contact with an antibiotic. These changes allow the bacteria to survive or ‘resist’ the antibiotic, it can also develop antibiotic resistance through contact with other bacteria scientists have found. This is because already resistant bacteria can transfer resistant genes to non-resistant bacteria making them resistant as well. These newly resistant strains of dangerous bacteria can be transferred to others and can be a serious danger to the lives of anyone who has them in their body.
How To Maintain Your Bodies Defences
Cut down on your unnecessary used of antibiotics.
What You Need To Know
- Antibiotics treat bacterial infections and not viruses such as flu or a cold. Don’t accept or ask for antibiotics if they won’t help you.
- Tell your doctor that you only want antibiotics if you really need them.
- Take the correct dose, at the right time, and as prescribed.
- Take your antibiotics for the time prescribed even if you start to feel better.
- As the antibiotic starts to work you start to feel better and this can make you believe that you’re cured when you aren’t.
- If you stop taking your antibiotics you will give the bacteria time to come back even worse than before because you’ve killed off the weakest bacteria and have left the strongest behind to breed and start their attack all over again.
- Don’t accept injections in place of tablets.
- Injections slowly wear off and as they do the tougher bacteria remain to breed more tough bacteria making it harder to kill them off as the antibiotic is ‘used up’.
- Tablets maintain high concentration of the antibiotic in your system and can better destroy even the toughest bacteria – this is why tablets are preferred.
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