Fight bacteria: How you can be reducing antibiotic resistance in your community

Arcata, Ca., (KIEM)- In November, organizations like the center for disease control and world health organization work to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance. Over time, bacteria exposed to antibiotics will adapt until medication is no longer effective.

“Antibiotic resistance is always following up after the discovery of a new antibiotic,” Dr. Anna Robertson, a Pediatrician at Open Door Community Health explains, “We have to be very careful with what we’re treating. We have to be good stewards for antibiotics. If we misuse them, resistance will only rise further.”

Antibiotics are not useful in treating most common colds or similar symptoms. They do not work against viruses. Infections alone, are best treated by antibiotics, and in those cases their given at a doctor’s discretion.