Super bugs and super bacteria are fast spreading. Bacteria are thriving and have many functions in all environments and because of this it is causing alarm for those in the scientific community as many of these super bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant. The first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered accidentally in 1928, by biologist, Alexander Fleming. He was researching Bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus, which even today is one of the biggest villains in hospital infections. The discovery of Penicillin was a huge leap forward for medicine as bacteria back then could cause tuberculosis and pneumonia and with this new antibiotic, could now treat those who needed it. In the 1940s it became widely used and after its amazing discovery and with the help of other new antibiotics, our world population took a huge leap and in 50 years, we had tripled our population.
This seemed like a happy ending back then, however we know that with time many of the bacteria we encounter are becoming more resistant to Penicillin (including Staphylococcus) as well as other antibiotics that have been released throughout the years. It is estimated that by 2050, at least 10 million people worldwide will die yearly due to superbugs.
While clinicians and pharmaceutical industries are limiting the overuse of antibiotics, us, as a whole population must do our part. Some of the ways to avoid being infected with a superbug or super bacteria are:
- If antibiotics are not controlled in your country, do not buy these drugs without a prescription. The more antibiotics you take, the greater the chance you have to becoming resistant to the treatment. Remember, antibiotics also eliminates good bacteria and by killing the good you become more unprotected and weaken your system.
- Consult responsible professionals and to not press your doctor to administer antibiotics, including for your child. Listen to the options that your clinician has offered and if you have questions… ask! Take antibiotics ONLY when NEEDED.
- If you need to take an antibiotic, never stop taking it on your own, even if you begin to feel better. This can lead to the selection of resistant bacteria and an increased worry of infection. Respect the dosage and administration.
- Avoid going to hospitals unless necessary. Consult with your clinician/physician first if it is not an emergency.
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