September 17th, 2019
What is it?
Antibiotic resistance is a major threat to individual and public health. Taking antibiotics when not needed puts everyone at risk of developing infections which cannot be easily treated with antibiotics. Without urgent action, common infections, minor injuries and routine operations will become much riskier.
Antibiotics don’t work for:
Your Pharmacist can help with advice on medication for any of the above.
- Most Coughs
- Most ear infections
- Most sore throats
- Most diarrhea
- Most cystitis
What to do to help combat antibiotic resistance?
If you’re feeling un-well, there are a few things to do before heading to your GP to request antibiotics. These include:
-Use a thermometer and measure your temperature every few hours.
-Take over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, every few hours.
-Sleep and rest. Allow your body to recuperate.
-Take lots of hot and cold drinks to rehydrate.
-Keep an eye of your symptoms and how you feel and if they get progressively worse or last for several days, speak to your Pharmacist.
If you are taking antibiotics, make sure you:
-Finish the course of tablets
-Don’t take antibiotics prescribed for anyone else other that yourself.
-Do not skip any
-Do not save antibiotics