Antibiotics: A Boon Or A Bane?

Publish On: 18 Nov, 2019 05:17 PM | Updated   |   Prateek  

Antibiotics were invented to cure issues happening inside the human body but now the irrational use of antibiotics has made it a bane instead of a boon.

A number of physicians, infection disease specialists have talked about the harmful effects of antibiotics.

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What are Anti-biotics?

Antibiotics are medicines that are consumed for the prevention of bacterial infections. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that are causing the infection hence curing the infection successfully. 

Conditions like

  • Cough
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Skin infections
  • Dental infections
  • Ear and sinus infections.


Antibiotics should only be used for bacterial infections and not for the common cold, flu, allergies or viral because virals are not affected by antibiotics.

Now if you still take antibiotics every time you feel any discomfort then you are going to end up with a number of side effects.

The side effects can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps
  • Allergic reaction (shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, face, or tongue, fainting)
  • Rash
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • White patches on the tongue

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If someone keeps consuming antibiotics then he/she can end up with antibiotics resistance which means the body will create resistance to antibiotics and eating antibiotics will do nothing good while treating any fatal condition. No medicines are available to cure antibiotics resistance. 

Due to antibiotic resistance treatments of infections like pneumonia or UTI can become very difficult to treat.


How to prevent antibiotic resistance?

  • Only take antibiotics when a doctor prescribes them to you.
  • If your doctor gives you some medicines as optional then try to avoid them until needed.
  • Only take antibiotics for the days prescribed do not continue the antibiotics cycle on your own,
  • Avoid infections by maintaining basic hygiene like washing hands before and after eating the food.
  • Do not take antibiotics for a viral infection.
  • Do not skip the doses.

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