Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk

November 14, 2018


Public Health England warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk

 

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves. Public Health England has relaunched the ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign to raise awareness of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions.

 

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. This means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

 

As antibiotic resistance increases, common procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics to ward off infections.

 

Cancer patients are also much more vulnerable if antibiotics don’t work; both cancer and the treatment (chemotherapy) reduce the ability of the immune system to fight infections and antibiotics are critical to both prevent and treat infections in these patients.

 

Cllr Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health said, “Many people assume that antibiotics are a ‘cure all’, but they’re not. Antibiotics won’t cure the common cold but taking them inappropriately could prevent you from getting better further down the line.”

 

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign aims to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.

 

For further information on antibiotic resistance please visit www.nhs.uk/antibiotics.