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Infographic: Superbugs, The Hidden Side Effect of Antibiotics

The discovery of antibiotics has helped cure many illnesses and keep society healthy. Many people don’t realize that bacteria is resistant and can evolve to be non-responsive to antibiotics.

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Antibiotics work by killing bacteria or preventing them from reproducing. However, over time, bacteria can mutate and adapt to the antibiotics until they are ineffective. Once this happens, the bacteria will be able to freely multiple and can have dramatic effects on society.

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The overuse of antibiotics are responsible for excess health care costs and extended hospital stays. The most common reasons for prescribing antibiotics are ear infections in children and to treat viral infections.

It’s possible for people to prevent the development of superbugs by making sure to pay attention to hygiene and eating a proper diet. It is recommended to wash one’s hands about ten times per day. It has been shown that eating a serving of yogurt daily can reduce the number of sick days taken by 33 percent.

Source: Superbugs: We’re Making Harmful Bacteria Stronger With Antibiotics

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