"Antibiotics don't surprise drug" - doctors prescribe less, especially in children 2

"Antibiotics don't surprise drug" – doctors prescribe less, especially in children

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Doctors now prescribe less antibiotics than they did ten years ago. According to a Commercial Health Insurance (KKH) survey, the number of prescriptions dropped by an average of eleven percent. In some states, the decline was more than one fifth.

Especially children and adolescents under the age of 17 are prescribed significantly less antibiotics. in Infants under five minus it was close 30 percent.

Effective against bacteria, useless against viruses

Antibiotics are important drugs in medicine Fighting bacteria, They are left with the flu virus or other diseases caused by the viruses Antibiotics are not effectiveIn addition, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of antibiotic resistance is rising at an alarming rate. particularly in hospitals enter bean sprouts which can cause pneumonia, blood poisoning or even wound infection and is no longer an antibiotic. This disturbing development is also due to the wrong and too long taking of antibiotics.

"Everybody should be aware that antibiotics are no wonder," he said Sven Seißelberg from KKH, "They help the body's immune system only with bacterial infections." On the contrary, if taken too long or wrong, they can destroy the beneficial bacteria in the body and cause further illness.

Handling responsibly and at home

Even as a patient, one can responsibly contribute to curbing progress. It is important to use antibiotics just like that prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist should be taken so that treatment is not prematurely too small or longer than necessary. also open packs of antibiotics it should never be undone or simply transferred.

Antibiotic prescription drop 2008-2018Antibiotic prescription drop 2008-2018(c) Infographic: Commercial Health Insurance (KKH)

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