Daily in Nigeria, for instance, a case of diarrhea is treated with flagyl, whether or not the diarrhea is caused by bacteria or not; also a bout of cough is “suppressed” by Septrin or Amoxicillin by a concerned parent. What we do not know these actions are doing is weakening these antibiotics, and making them useless in the long run. Antibiotic resistance arises when potent antibiotics lose their ability to fight against these bacteria. Overuse, unnecessary use, and inappropriate use all contribute to this menace. Are you in the habit of taking Ciprofloxacin for a headache, thinking you’ve got typhoid? Or you combine both Ampiclox and Amoxicillin to treat your acne? You are endangering the lives of many as these antibiotics weaken with each unnecessary use. Stay safe, report any and every symptom to your doctor for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Don’t prescribe for or treat yourself or your loved ones; you might be doing them more harm than good.
IntroductionLast week, Ngozi visited her doctor because she had some persistent abdominal discomfort for the last 3 weeks. The discomfort