Facts About Antibiotic Resistance Research

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People are not aware of the problems that are likely to cause an end to life as known. Antibiotic resistance is a life-threatening problem most choose to ignore. “Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics,” says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016). Doctors are prescribing antibiotics when they should not be used, or should use a weaker dose of that antibiotic. Before too long, the bacteria are going to be unstoppable and cause permanent damage to its host. Earaches treated with antibiotics, which the bacteria have become immune to, will cause people to lose their hearing. When not treated fittingly, or being unable to treat an ear infection properly …show more content…
This would be the end of all hearing.
Understanding antibiotic resistance is vital in comprehending the argument. On Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics 2014 website, the article “General Background: About Antibiotic Resistance”, gives a description of antibiotic resistance saying, “Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic has lost its ability to effectively control or kill bacteria growth. Bacteria are resistance and continue to multiply.” The company is saying that antibiotic resistance takes place when an antibiotic can no longer kill the bacteria, because the bacteria has grown stronger and continues to grow stronger than the treatments. Bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics in two ways: “genetic mutation and acquiring resistance from another bacterium” (APUA, 2014). The website also suggests genetic mutation makes bacteria that produce potent chemicals, which inactivate antibiotics. Generally, genetic mutation and acquiring resistance from another bacterium are effects from overuse and abuse of antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance for earaches will lead to hearing loss and/or
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This is a worrisome factor. When another pharmacist, Brittany Raines-Goode was asked the same question in her interview, she supported Dixon’s thoughts. “We have already seen it. It is two bacteria’s. They have developed a resistance to what used to be the drug picked to treat them and so now we have to use the “big gun” drugs” (Goode 2016). The big gun drugs are antibiotics that we should be saving for years down the road. These interviews led to even more questions. What types of antibiotics do they see that are constantly being misused? Both pharmacists were asked this as well in the interviews. Dixon states, “Most commonly, antibiotics for repertory illness and cold (usually caused by viruses.) These may include azithromycin, amoxicillin, and cephalexin.” And Goode states, “Amoxicillin has been misused for years. Levaquin has been misused for a while, giving it way too early or using it when amoxicillin or Augmentin would have treated it.” So what now? Goode continues, “Now we are actually seeing a resistance build up with zioboxin, which is the new baby on the market that covered all of the stuff that everything else is resistant to. It has been over used and used to quickly.” In the pharmacy, Zpak’s are given out like tic tacs. (Azithromycin). According to pharmacists, the antibiotics most misused are the ones given out for colds that do not need to be given out. Prescriptions for the antibiotics are given out

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