Resistance To Antibiotics?
In the past 6 months, I often have the flu. When I went to the doctor I was given amoxicillin. So in total I have taken amoxicillin 3 times in 6 months. Can it cause resistance? Then what should I do to prevent resistance while my pain also has to be treated?
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Antibiotic resistance is one of the complications that is often caused by inappropriate consumption of antibiotics, for example taking antibiotics without clear indications, stopping indiscriminate consumption of antibiotics, taking antibiotics irregularly, and so on. This resistance causes bacteria that infect the body to become immune so that it requires a higher class of antibiotics to destroy it. As long as you take antibiotics for the right indications, and also according to the doctor's instructions, the risk of this resistance can be minimized.
You need to know, that most colds are caused by mild conditions and do not require the consumption of antibiotics. Some of the possible causes of this are allergies or viral infections. Allergies are often experienced by people with a tendency to hypersensitivity to certain substances, such as cold, dust mites, pollen, or animal dander. This condition is usually inherited genetically (congenital). Meanwhile, viral infections usually occur due to changing seasons, exposure to unsanitary environmental conditions, or contracting from other flu sufferers. If the cause of your flu is due to allergies, then the flu can generally be overcome by avoiding the trigger of the allergy. And if the cause is a viral infection, then increasing the body's resistance is the key to handling it.
In some conditions, the flu may also be caused by a bacterial infection. The risk factors are almost the same as the viral infection above. However, this condition has a different way of handling, namely by giving antibiotics.
In our country with a tropical climate, bacterial infections are indeed easier to occur than other countries. However, not all flu should be immediately suspected as a bacterial infection. As long as your flu is not accompanied by a fever for more than 3 days, you should try to overcome it in the following ways before taking the drug:
Avoid exposure to allergens, for example by using a mask, bathing in warm water, using warm clothes, washing hands regularly, changing sheets and curtains regularly, using pillows and bedding that are not made from cotton. Drink plenty of warm water. Eat more foods that contain vitamin C. Avoid smoking Regular rest and exercise to increase endurance If the complaint does not improve within 3 days, consult a doctor immediately to get the right treatment. A good doctor, of course, will only provide appropriate treatment according to the indications of the disease. Also consult your doctor regarding the proper and correct way of taking antibiotics (if needed) to prevent resistance.
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dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah