Antibiotics can be a necessary evil, particularly if you use them to help you overcome a nasty bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infection. However, if you’re under the impression that antibiotics combat every cold, flu, and virus known to humankind—think again! For instance, popping antibiotics won’t do you any good if you’re suffering from a viral infection, such as gastroenteritis (stomach flu) or bronchitis. And not only will the drugs not help you kick the virus itself; taking drugs when you don’t absolutely need them can cause antibiotic resistance, meaning they make your body (and germ bacteria) drug-resistant to prescription treatment.
Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem in North American culture. It can lead to more expensive personal health care, lowered immunity, and even put your life in danger if you get sick.
Here are the nine most common dangers of antibiotic misuse…
1. Longer-Lasting Illnesses
Antibiotic resistance results from the overuse of antibiotics, which means when you need antibiotics to help overcome an illness; they may not work to eliminate germ bacteria. Because illnesses are resistant to drug treatments; you may be sick for much longer than typical.