OMAHA(KPTM)-Is over-prescribing making antibiotics useless? A top CDC Official says "yes." Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director of the CDC released a statement this week saying there is no longer any doubt that we've hit "the end of antibiotics period."
Dr. Mark Rupp of U.N.M.C. agrees that the end of the antibiotics period is a possibility if doctors continue to over-prescribe them and patients continue to insist on getting a pill to solve their problems instead of waiting it out first. "It's a realistic possibility. We see patients in our medical center that have gotten to the point where we are having very limited choices of antibiotics of which to treat them," said Rupp.
It's something we've been hearing for years, that antibiotics become less effective the more they're used and Dr. Rupp says seeing people continue to come down with "super bugs" like MRSA serves as a reminder that overuse can make antibiotics ineffective.
So, what can you do to make sure antibiotics work when you really need them? Dr. Rupp says not to rush to take a pill unless you are really sick and a doctor says it's necessary. "Low grade fevers, aches and pains, sore throats, things like that tend to get better on their own and it may be useful for folks to understand that and give it a day or two to see if things are going to get better on their own," said Rupp who placed an emphasis on prevention, advising everyone to wash their hands regularly with soap and water and to be sure to keep up on vaccinations.
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