Episode 4 – Let’s talk about antibiotics
Published: Nov 8, 2023
Authored by Dr. Krishan
In an era where information is readily available at our fingertips, staying informed about healthcare choices has become increasingly important. Dixie Crawford and Dr. Krishan have joined forces to host an engaging 7-part podcast series to talk all things healthcare, wellbeing and wellness.
Dive into this episode to learn about the basics of antibiotics and the growing concern of antibiotic resistance. Information provided in this episode is intended as a guide only and does not replace advice provided by your healthcare professional.
These podcasts are frank and open conversations indented to help inform and empower First Nations people and the community with facts and information about everyday health concerns, like how to talk to your doctor about your health questions, and the health checks we need at every stage of life.
In this episode, Dr. Krishan and Dixie Crawford discuss the basics of antibiotics and the growing concern of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are medications used to treat bacterial infections by killing or stopping the growth of bacteria. Common bacterial infections that antibiotics are effective in treating include strep throat, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and skin infections. However, antibiotic resistance is becoming more common and poses a serious problem. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria evolve to protect themselves from antibiotics, making it harder to treat infections. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Australians will die as a result of antimicrobial resistance between 2015 and 2050.1 To prevent antibiotic resistance, it is important to only use antibiotics when necessary and to complete the full treatment course as prescribed. Additionally, practicing good hygiene and minimising the spread of infections can help prevent the need for antibiotics in the first place.
“If you stop taking your antibiotics just because you feel better, what can happen is that there may be a few bacteria that are still in your body”
Dr. Krishan Thiru
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