The misuse of antibiotics is indeed a growing concern worldwide. The overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics have led to the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs."
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has serious implications for public health and patient care as per global healthcare organizations. More than 1.2 million people – and potentially millions more – died in 2019 as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, according to the most comprehensive estimate to date of the global impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
It is crucial for individuals to understand that antibiotics should only be used when prescribed by a healthcare professional for severe bacterial infections, completing the full course as instructed, and never sharing or using leftover antibiotics without proper medical guidance. Responsible antibiotic use is essential to safeguard public health and our economy.
Addressing the misuse of antibiotics requires a multifaceted approach. This includes improving public awareness about appropriate antibiotic use, enhancing healthcare provider education and adherence to prescribing guidelines, implementing robust surveillance systems to monitor resistance patterns, promoting infection prevention and control measures, and fostering the development of alternative modes of treatment like Homeopathy, Ayurveda and the like.
Here are some key reasons why the misuse of antibiotics is a significant concern:
• Development of Antibiotic Resistance: Overuse and misuse of antibiotics contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When antibiotics are used excessively, bacteria can adapt and become resistant to the drugs, rendering them ineffective. This is a significant public health concern because it limits the effectiveness of antibiotics in treating bacterial infections and can lead to more severe illnesses treatment failures, longer durations of illness, increased healthcare costs, and higher mortality rates.
• Limited treatment options: Misuse of antibiotics means that when people truly need them for bacterial infections, the drugs may be less effective or completely ineffective. When antibiotic resistance develops, it reduces the available treatment options for bacterial infections. This means that common infections like urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and skin infections can become harder to treat, not just by allopathy but also for Homeopathy or other modes of treatment.
• Disruption of the microbiome: Our bodies are home to a vast variety of microorganisms, including beneficial bacteria that help maintain our health. Antibiotics not only target harmful bacteria causing infections but also affect the beneficial bacteria in our bodies. Overuse of antibiotics can disrupt the balance of the microbiome, which may lead to various health issues, such as digestive problems, weakened immunity, and an increased susceptibility to infections.
• Adverse effects: Antibiotics are not without adverse effects, they can have side effects, ranging from mild to severe. Inappropriate use can expose patients to unnecessary risks, including allergic reactions, drug interactions, skin rashes, disruptions to the body's natural microbial balance leading to gastrointestinal issues, etc. Additionally, broad-spectrum antibiotics can kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria in the body, leading to complications such as gastrointestinal disturbances and opportunistic infections. It is also a well-known fact that indiscriminate use of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are major contributory factors of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end stage renal disease (ESRD).
• Increased Healthcare Costs: Antibiotic-resistant infections require more complex and expensive treatment options, including expensive antibiotics, prolonged hospital stays, face a higher risk of complications and sometimes even surgeries. This places a significant financial burden on healthcare systems and individuals.
• Preservation for future generations: Antibiotics are a limited resource, and the overuse of these drugs can lead to their diminished effectiveness over time. By using antibiotics responsibly and only when necessary, we can help preserve their efficacy for future generations.
And the above reasons are all the more true for fungal infections. It is well known that fungal infections are very difficult to cure. They easily become resistant to antifungal medicines. Furthermore antifungal medicines have huge side-effects and most people are not able to complete their full course as it starts impacting their liver. Still further antifungal medicines are one of the most expensive medicines. Some of which are as expensive as one lakh per injection and clearly not everyone can afford them.
This is the reason why you should opt for Homeopathy which is – The Healthy Way to treat your ailments..! To address the concerns listed above, it is important to use Homeopathy instead of antibiotics for mild illnesses. It is also important for physicians and the general public to be educated about the appropriate use of antibiotics and the risks associated with their overuse. Therefore, it becomes the responsibility of the government to promote the alternative modes of treatment under the Ministry of AYUSH such as Homeopathy and Ayurveda to combat the global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).