The Downside of Antibiotics

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
The Downside of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed by physicians to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, like throat or ear infections. We have accepted them as standard medical treatment, and many take them without second thought to potential effects they may bring. It is important to use antibiotics responsibly and be aware of the consequences they may have.

The beginning of antibiotic treatment began around the time of the second World War, and has had a dramatic effect on life expectancy around the globe. Thanks to antibiotics, a simple fever is no longer a death threat, and the rates of tuberculosis have plummeted. We have many reasons to be grateful to antibiotic treatment, but it is important to know that they can also cause great harm if not used properly.

We in will now explain what the side effects of antibiotics are. Keep these in mind the next time you use antibiotics!

Antibiotics have side effects

Antibiotics are a medicine used to avert the growth of bacteria effectively destroying certain types of infections. Besides carrying out an extraordinary protective role, in its effort to eliminate the pathogenic bacteria, it also eliminates bacteria that are essential to the proper functioning of our organism.

Our bodies are filled with a natural flora of bacteria. These bacteria live happily within our body and are actually necessary for us to live. In fact, we have about 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines alone, which is more than the number of cells in our body! These bacteria play an important role in digestion, and harming them may cause digestive problems.

Similarly, bacteria in different parts of the body all play important role in keeping us healthy. Disrupting the colonies of bacteria will undoubtedly alter the normal balance of our body.

For this reason, antibiotics should not be abused! You should only take antibiotics when it is prescribed by a physician, and avoid the bad habit of self medicating!

The most common side effects of antibiotics

Possible adverse effects will depend on what kind of antibiotic you take. Amongst antibiotic side effects, the most common are:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Certain allergic reactions
  • Diarrhoea as they alter the balance of intestinal flora
  • Alterations of the vaginal flora
  • Damage to tendons
  • Sensitivity to daylight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Alteration of the nervous system
  • Respiratory problems

For a specific description of side-effects associated with your antibiotic, consult the package insert that is found inside the box of medicine. Medication with antibiotics must be prescribed by a specialist doctor who will indicate the correct dosage. This will limit the side effects experienced.

Antibiotics are completely useless against viral or fungal infections!

One thing that should be very clear is that it is completely useless to treat a viral, fungal or parasitic infection with antibiotics. Common viral infections include the flu and a cold. If you are suffering from the flu, you should drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest. Antibiotics will do more harm than good.

Always finish your course of antibiotics!

It is very common for us to feel better within two or three days of taking antibiotics. When this is the case, many people will choose to stop taking the medicine and get on with their lives. This is a mistake! You should always take the antibiotics for as long as your doctor told you to. When you stop the treatment before you are supposed to, you are increasing the chance of some harmful bacteria developing a resistance to the antibiotic treatment. This is not only a threat to you, but to everyone around you as well.

Recently, antibiotic resistant bacteria has become a worldwide epidemic. The cause of this is overuse of antibiotics and failure to finish the prescribed course of antibiotics. As a result, there is a rise in non-curable bacterial infections, like Staph, Strep, tuberculosis infections and many others.

Don´t be a part of the problem! Limit your use of antibiotics and always complete your prescription.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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