Antibiotics are strong medicines that can kill bacteria. But we have overused antibiotics for many years. As a result, we now have bacteria that resist antibiotics. Resistant bacteria cause infections that are harder to cure and more costly to treat.
Antibiotic-resistant infections can strike anyone. They can be passed on to others. For example, more and more healthy young people are getting skin infections from MRSA, a bacteria that resists many common antibiotics. MRSA is spreading in households, daycare, schools, camps, dorms, gyms, team sports, and the military.
Try to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here’s what you need to know to help prevent resistance:
The CDC provides similar information for adults, but more detail. Reducing antibiotic prescribing is something that requires awareness from both doctors and patients.