In a battle against an infection, antibiotics can bring victory over enemy germs. Yet that war-winning aid can come with significant collateral damage; microbial allies and innocents are killed off, too. Such casualties may be unavoidable in some cases, but a lot of people take antibiotics when they’re not necessary or appropriate. And the toll of antibiotics on a healthy microbiome can, in some places, be serious, a new study suggests.
Taking antibiotics to overcome a cold or diarrhea is horrific. Antibiotics should only be undertaken under physician prescription and for a full course treatment for serious illnesses. Any other use is wasteful and contributes to resistant bacteria and damage to the gut bacteria, as seen here.
I wonder if taking probiotics or eating yogurt or other live cultures during and after the course of antibiotics will help significantly speed up the recovery of gut bacteria microbiome, or whether the composition will stay different for up to a year afterwards.