=gam197;11978046 Why would someone hoard their antibiotics? Would they not just get another prescription if they needed it?
Many people take only enough of their antibiotics to feel better and then keep the rest for the next time they get sick so they don’t have to go the doctor, be examined, get more lab testing, and then fill a prescription. It’s an expense and a time-consumer that they want to avoid, so they just keep the antibiotics on hand.
Would you believe…I speak the truth!..that my microbiology supervisor does this?!! Yes! It’s very common.
Another reason why people don’t take all of their antibiotics is that some antibiotics give people very unpleasant G.I. side effects: nausea, diarrhea, sore anal area. So they just stop taking the antibiotic; usually they feel better after a few doses anyway, and decide that it’s just not worth feeling so sick to their stomach. Often they will keep the antibiotic, and then get it out the next time they have a respiratory illness/cold.
I don’t even think we could name all the sexually transmitted diseases today.
Some facts from World Health Organization…
Most of the STDs listed are not bacterial, but viral, and antibiotics are not used in their treatment. This means that these viral diseases have no part in influencing the increasing resistance of bacteria.
As far as I have heard, trichomonas and syphilis still respond well to antibiotics. I have not heard of any resistance of these two organisms. The bad boy is gonorrhea. Doctors don’t even try to treat it with the 1st generation antibiotics anymore because so many of the strains of GC are resistant.
I’m not trying to be contrary to you. I’m only trying to persuade you not to turn the antibiotic resistance issue into a “sin” issue. This is not caused by sexually-promiscuous people, although they are contributing. Antibiotic resistance is something that many people contribute to.
Doctors have mis-used antibiotics over the years and continue to misuse them; just last week, I had a “discussion” with a urologist who was insisting on treating an obvious skin contaminant that showed up in a patient’s blood culture. He’s got a lot of clout in the hospital system, and I had to be careful in what I said. I at least got him to agree to consult with the infectious disease doctors. But if he decided that I was being “insubordinate,” he could have me fired.
It’s strange. Although many Staph. aureus are also MRSA (extremely resistant to antibiotics), as of yet, the very very bad bacteria, Strep pyogenes (the cause of strep throat) has still not developed any resistance to penicillin. If it ever did, we would be goners! There are many people who can’t take penicillin due to allergies, but the bacteria can be treated easily with other antibiotics. On the other hand, the flesh-eating strain of Strep pyo moves so fast that unless it’s diagnosed right away, it’s often too late. It’s a very very bad bug!