Antibiotics: Medicine can be a pain!

by Ana Lopez

Body Health Mind Health – Geeta Manek

Frequent use of antibiotics increases the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Especially if people over the age of forty years consume too many antibiotics, Cohen’s disease means bowel disease that can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain or cramping, bloody diarrhea, mouth ulcers. This has been published after a study in the medical journal called ‘Gut’.
The study was conducted on six million Danish citizens aged ten years and older. Individuals who had undergone a course of antibiotics were found to have an increased risk of developing bowel disease at any age.
Many people take a course of antibiotics themselves if they get a cold-cough or any other such illness. However, many doctors also prescribe a three-, five-day or week-long course of antibiotics for every minor illness to get immediate relief from the symptoms of the disease.
The study concluded that with each course of antibiotics, the risk of bowel disease increased by 11 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. In simple words, the probability of damage is 95%.
The study also revealed that specific types of antibiotics prescribed to treat intestinal infections caused the most damage to the intestines.
The flexibility of the intestines is also affected by repeated courses of antibiotics.
After the conclusion of this study it is suggested that every time we administer a course of antibiotics in circumstances that are not unavoidable. We are increasingly damaging our guts.
The study says that if a person between the ages of ten and forty has had five or more courses of antibiotics in their life, their risk of developing intestinal damage is 69%. This risk doubles if the person is over forty years of age. Even if the age of a person is more than 60 years, doctors should avoid prescribing antibiotics for his intestines.
Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences Chairman Dr. Randhir Sood says “Antibiotics are overused in India. Under these circumstances we would have had many cases of inflammatory bowel disease. The causes of this type of illness can be other than antibiotics. However, Dr. Randhir Sood acknowledges that overuse of antibiotics is harmful and that doctors should avoid prescribing antibiotics as far as possible and should not take antibiotics without a prescription.
Most doctors will immediately prescribe a course of antibiotics for diarrhea. When Dr. “Ninety percent of patients with diarrhea do not need antibiotics,” says Sud. In most cases, adequate fluid intake is sufficient. Similarly, there is no need to prescribe antibiotics when chest infection and fever are mostly viral infections.
However, in India, antibiotics are prescribed for minor problems and ill-informed patients continue to swallow capsules or tablets of antibiotics, which often increase new problems instead of curing the disease and the medicine itself becomes a pain in the long run.
Some doctors feel that the government should make the general public aware of this overuse of antibiotics so that even if doctors prescribe them, patients can question them and avoid unnecessary courses of antibiotics. A

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