Tuesday, August 14, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Antibiotics broadly refer to medications that are designed to injure or kill bacteria. Currently, antibiotics are one of the most heavily prescribed medicines, with over 100 types made for infections that range from mild to severely life-threatening. For the most part, antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, making it ineffective against conditions like the common cold (which is caused by a virus) and ringworms (a fungal infection).
Antibiotics are administered in different ways:
In conventional medicine, healthcare professionals will suggest finishing a prescribed round of antibiotics. This is to reduce the likelihood of a bacteria to be resistant to the antibiotic. In general, antibiotics are grouped based on how they work, with the main types including:
There are also antibiotics that are designed to treat specific infections – usually those that uncommon.
As with all types of medications, using antibiotics can also bring about side effects. These can range from mild to intolerable, with certain cases leading to long-term damage and potentially life-threatening reactions. Each antibiotic type has its unique side effects, but for the most part, these are the common side effects that are seen with antibiotic use.
However, if a person is experiencing the following symptoms after taking antibiotics, he should contact his healthcare provider.
A person who has a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics will experience:
The adverse effects of broad-spectrum antibiotics (those that are prescribed to kill a variety of bacteria) are usually seen in the digestive system, especially in the gut microbiome. As the medication makes its way into the digestive tract, it kills both beneficial and harmful bacteria in the gut. The former, unfortunately, is susceptible to the effects of antibiotics, which can cause them to die out, leaving highly resistant pathogens such as Clostridium difficile to overrun the gut microbiome and cause an imbalance.
Antibiotic use can also produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the body. In particular, ROS is cytotoxic, which makes a person more vulnerable during an infection.
Many food items have similar effects to those of antibiotics, including:
To manage symptoms related to antibiotic use, here are some ways to help your system while you’re on it.
Antibiotics are medications that are designed to injure or kill bacteria.
Antibiotics are one of the most heavily prescribed medicines.
Antibiotics only treat disease caused by bacteria, making it ineffective against viral and fungal infections.
Antibiotics can also bring about side effects that range from mild to intolerable.
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