Nowadays, when the Covid-19 infection continues at full speed, viral diseases such as seasonal flu and cold have started to knock on the door, as in every autumn!
One of the most important features of the diseases caused by viruses is the high level of contagiousness, and the lack of a known drug in treatment is an important problem. Because at this point, many people can see more harm instead of benefit by clinging to antibiotics! Here, 18 November Antibiotic Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the dangers of unconscious antibiotic use all over the world. Acıbadem Altunizade Hospital Chest Diseases Specialist Prof. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur “One of the most important turning points in human history; is that antibiotics are available so that many people's lives can be saved. However, clinical and laboratory tests are needed to distinguish whether the cause of the infection is of viral or bacterial origin. Antibiotics must be used under the supervision of a physician, otherwise they can cause serious harm ”. Prof. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur explained the 5 important harms of unconscious antibiotic use and made important warnings and suggestions.
As a result of excessive and misuse of antibiotics, many bacteria have developed resistance. So antibiotics become useless. This condition causes infections to be untreatable. Antibiotics should be used when necessary and should not be discontinued before the recommended treatment time.
It disrupts the digestive system
Unconscious use of antibiotics; While it disrupts the balance of the digestive system, especially nausea, vomiting, bloating and abdominal pain, it can cause diarrhea. In addition, mouth sores may cause changes in tooth color.
It harms the immune system
By killing beneficial microbes in our intestinal mucosa, it can impair mucosal immunity and cause the development of new infections. It can lead to an increase in the occurrence of allergic diseases. Apart from itching and rash on the skin, coughing can cause severe allergic reactions such as shortness of breath.
It can lead to metabolic problems and obesity
In particular, antibiotics used incorrectly in childhood cause absorption problems by disrupting our intestinal flora and cause obesity by creating a basis for diabetes.
Prepares the ground for liver and kidney failure
Prof. Dr. Hacer Kuzu Okur ”Antibiotics are excreted from the body through the liver or kidneys. Many drugs impair liver and kidney functions and cause failure. Nowadays, when we are struggling with Covid-19 infection, when we are confronted with the specific diseases of autumn, it will harm instead of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective in treating diseases caused by viruses. Antibiotics are effective in treating infections caused by bacteria. However, it should definitely be used when deemed necessary by the physician.