well against infections caused by bacteria, but do not work on
colds, the flu, or other infections caused by viruses.
The treatment of some
illnesses is getting harder due to a problem called antibiotic resistance.
Simply put, antibiotic resistance means that the bacteria that cause many
illnesses are out-smarting the drugs we have to treat them.
The world faces the risk that antibiotic medications may no longer work
to treat many illnesses. Some health care professionals and research
scientists fear we are at the brink of returning to the "pre-antibiotic"
era when some common infections, like pneumonia, resulted in much greater
morbidity and mortality than it does when it can be treated with
One of the main causes of antibiotic
resistance is the overuse and incorrect use of antibiotics. Antibiotics
are often incorrectly used to treat sicknesses such as colds, flu, and
bronchitis. Antibiotics do not cure or help these illnesses because they
are almost always caused by viruses.
Instead of antibiotics, Get
Smart Colorado recommends you try other approaches for treating
colds, the flu, and bronchitis. Together we can use antibiotics wisely so
that these life-saving medicines keep working.