Antibiotic Resistant

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

"I think many other folks tend to pressure their physicians for, I need something! I need something! I need something!" exclaimed Dr. Dale Carroll, a family practice physician. He says added pressure to prescribe antibiotics is one reason bacteria is becoming more resistant.

"I know sometimes when I go to the doctor with a cold, I go in with the notion that I need an antibiotic, even though intellectually I know its a virus and viruses don't respond to antibiotics."

Drug resistant bacteria are becoming increasingly difficult to treat and doctors say a big factor fueling the problem is misuse of antibiotics.

"I'm taking this antibiotic. I get better. Then I say, 'hey, I'm cool. I don't need to take it anymore.' And I only take part of the prescribed dosage," said Dr. Carroll.

He says that's a huge mistake. Taking part of the dosage only kills off the least resistant bacteria, leaving behind the more resistant.

"Next time you get an infection," says Carroll. "It's going to be mostly bad guys and not the easy one's to kill."

But there is something you can do. Ask your doctor whether your infection is viral or bacterial before he writes that prescription.

"I think patients need to keep us on our toes and I think patients need to be willing to accept the physician when he says this is viral and I know you feel bad, but frankly, antibiotics aren't going to help you," said Dr. Carroll.

The Centers for Disease Control are currently making a huge push to get doctors to prescribe antibiotics appropriately.

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