Antibiotic Resistance A Growing Threat
“There is a rising increase in infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhoea and the antibiotics traditionally used to treat these infections are becoming less effective, making these illnesses more difficult to treat,” says Carla Yssel from colds and flu specialist, Linctagon®.
Antibiotics are important and necessary to fight bacterial infection but they are unable to fight viral infections such as colds, flu, most sore throats and bronchitis. “We are finding an increase of misuse, over-prescription and overuse of antibiotics, especially in countries without standard treatment guidelines,” says Yssel. The medical industry has warned that urgent action is required to avoid a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can once again cause serious illness and death. Resistance to antibiotics leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality rates.
There is a popular assumption that antibiotics will cure the infection, prevent others from becoming ill or make you feel better – this is unfortunately not the case. In fact, Yssel warns that the misuse of antibiotics may actually cause unnecessary harmful side effects and in the end can contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Yssel says that even though your doctor may not prescribe antibiotics it doesn’t mean that you aren’t ill, just that you require a different treatment plan. She proposes the following alternative treatment options:
- Take over the counter remedies to help reduce the symptoms. Linctagon®. Effervescent and Linctagon®. Effervescent Junior contains Pelargonium sidoides that can assist the body in shortening the duration of infections and reducing the severity of symptoms associated with colds and flu. In addition, it contains vitamins A and C, anti-inflammatory MSM and immunity enhancer Zinc.
- Increase your fluid intake while ill.
- Rest! It is very important to help your body to recuperate.
- A cool mist vapouriser, vapour rub and nasal spray can all assist in relieving nasal congestion.
- Gargling with salt water, throat sprays, honey and lozenges can all be used to treat sore throats. If treating small children, ensure they are old enough to use lozenges or try a throat lozenge such as Linctagon® Lollies which are asfe for children 2 years and older.
- Coughs can be treated with honey and lemon. Children under a year old should not be given honey.
Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally and can affect anyone, of any age and in any country but misuse of antibiotics is seeing an acceleration of this process.