The US Center for Disease Control has advised that even some of the most powerful antibiotics aren’t enough to stop some of the so-called superbugs.
In fact, the report indicates that every year around 35,000 people die from infections that are resistant to drugs; that’s about one person every 15 minutes dying from a superbug.
The number of infections caught outside the hospital is up, although fewer superbugs are caught in the hospital. A superbug can affect anyone, although older people and those in a frail or weakened condition are more vulnerable.
Almost 13,000 deaths are blamed on the C.diff superbug, considered the most powerful on the list of five superbugs that don’t respond to antibiotics.
Taking antibiotics can actually cause the C.diff infection to develop, as it kills the good bacteria that combat infections as well as the bad bacteria.
C.diff is up to 10 times more likely to affect anyone taking antibiotics or during the few months after they stop taking them. Germs aren’t as likely to learn how to fight antibiotics if you take less of them, and actually taking fewer antibiotics can help to fight these superbugs.
In fact, each year about 47 million prescriptions are given out for antibiotics that aren’t really needed. For prescriptions given out in doctors’ surgeries and emergency rooms, about 33 percent were given out unnecessarily.
Sinus infections and viral sore throats aren’t actually caused by bacteria, although that doesn’t stop patients asking for antibiotics to treat these infections. Many doctors simply find it easier to agree to the requests of their patients and many experts put the blame for unnecessary antibiotics here.