Antibiotic resistance

vivajowi's version from 2018-04-09 01:12


Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs and other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, which cause more damage. Antibiotic resistance can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become dangerous infections. Bacteria that resist antibiotic are harder to kill and more expensive to treat. Overusing and misuse of antibiotics can promote the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Every time a person takes antibiotics, bacteria that antibiotics can still attack are killed, but resistant bacteria are left to multiply. This is how repeated use of antibiotics can increase the number of drug-resistant bacteria. Smart use of antibiotics can help control antibiotic resistance.