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Overuse of Antibiotics Poses a Serious Risk to Public Health

Over-prescribed and overused antibiotics are creating dangerous antibiotic resistances that result in more threatening illnesses.

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for upper respiratory infections. Patients often want antibiotics, and it may be quicker and easier for physicians to simply write the prescription and “satisfy” the patient. However, most upper respiratory infections are viral, and thus don’t respond to antibiotics. Antibiotics have been used commonly to treat acne. Fortunately, alternative treatments including topical treatment, peels, Blu light therapy can often be used to successfully treat acne.

Recently, the University of Miami School of Medicine held a symposium on antibiotic use and resistant bacteria. Disease specialists, medical professionals, and researchers attended in order to better understand the growing issue of over-prescribed and improperly used antibiotics. Many cite that a primary source of the problem is under-qualified physicians who prescribe antibiotics for any complaint, even if it isn’t related to bacterial infection. As a result, illnesses are evolving to be unresponsive to many popular drugs. Drug-resistant malaria is already posing a public health threat in Africa.

However, current federal law includes very little legislation on antibiotic prescriptions. Some states like California have increased oversight on the use of antimicrobials. But until there is a significant increase in regulation, it’s important to choose health care professionals that are informed and qualified. At Zimmet Vein & Dermatology, we take the time to choose a treatment regimen that is best for your unique situation. Contact Dr. Zimmet’s office today for more information on our practice and services.

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