What you should know
Antibiotics are medicines that treat bacterial infections. They kill bacteria and keep it from growing. But if you use them the wrong way, it could be more difficult for your body to fight disease. Wrong use could lead to:
- Allergic reaction.
- Severe infection.
- Deadly diarrhea.
Antibiotic resistance is mostly caused by using too many. At least 50% aren’t needed or effective.
What you can do
Help fight antibiotic resistance and stop the spread of disease. Follow these tips:
- Wash your hands.
- Get vaccinated.
- Take antibiotics exactly as the doctor prescribes (don't skip doses or stop early).
- Don't ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you don't need them.
If your doctor doesn’t prescribe antibiotics, ask them how to ease your symptoms.
|Illness||Usual Cause - Virus||Usual Cause - Bacteria||Antibiotic Needed?|
|Whooping Cough (Pertussis)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Fluid in the Middle Ear (Ear Infection)||Yes||No||No|
|Urinary Tract Infection||No||Yes||Yes|