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Antibiotic Resistance and what it means to you.

Antibiotics are medications that are used to treat bacterial infections. Since the first antibiotic was ever given, there has been concern over the resistance factor to these medications. The consequence of this is that antibiotics don’t work as well as they once did. The most widely discussed resistant bacteria is Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA(also known as ORSA). MRSA is generally resistant to most penicillin-related antibiotics.

Today, much more aggressive antibiotics have been developed to compact the resistance to the earlier penicillin type antibiotics. Patients as well as physicians can help combat the resistance by prescribing antibiotics only in situations when they really needed. Remember, antibiotics only treat bacterial infections, not viral infections so only use them if they are prescribed for you and remember to complete the entire course even if you are feeling better.