Antibiotics are vital drugs that help target bacterial infections – but antibiotic resistance is a growing problem. Below are 5 common facts about antibiotic resistance:
- Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a bacteria to stop an antibiotic from working – bacteria can evolve so that they can resist previously effective medications.
- Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security and development.
- Taking antibiotics when they are not needed speeds up the process of antibiotic resistance – antibiotics should not be taken for viral infections such as common colds.
- A number of infections are becoming hard to treat as antibiotics resistance grows.
- You can help prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance by taking antibiotics responsibly – always follow a doctor’s guidance and never demand antibiotics from your doctor.