If you caught the morning shows this week, you’ve probably heard the recent news from the CDC that says 30 percent of outpatient oral antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary. Yikes!
We’ve all begged our doctor for a quick round of antibiotics hoping it will kick the gunk we have, but it turns out we may be better off letting our body fight for itself. Quick reminder for those of us who slept through science class: antibiotics are effective for treating bacterial infections, but not viral illnesses like colds or the flu. And now doctors are finding that unnecessary overuse of antibiotics is resulting in the creation of antibiotic resistant bacteria – superbugs – that can be really dangerous.
The bottom line for patients is that sometimes you just have to suffer through and if your doctor does write a prescription for an antibiotic, it’s okay to make sure it’s really necessary. Dr. Pritish Tosh, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic shares his thoughts on this announcement.