Why the Hell Isn’t My Antibiotic Working?

Catching Up, Headlines — By on January 11, 2014 6:31 PM

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I figured that since I have been bed ridden for the past week (literally!) because of what the doctors are thinking is really bad bronchitis and asthma, that I would write an article on all the nasty bacteria that are making us and our kids sick and cranky.  And more importantly, why the heck it seems the antibiotics prescribed to us don’t seem to be working!

I was full on sick… couldn’t breathe, couldn’t stop coughing, fever, chills, etc, a week ago.  My doctor prescribed a “Z-Pack” to me, or Zithromycin, cough medicine with codeine, and rest!  It is my opinion that REST is the only thing that has been working.  I don’t even think the cough medicine makes a difference.  I had to go back to the doctor again four days later because I was having very labored breathing.  At that point I was prescribed prednisone, two inhalers, a chest x-ray, more cough medicine and to continue the zithromycin as well!  Really?  At this point, I can report that the only thing that I think is working are the inhalers.  I yi yi!  I HATE prednisone.  It makes me feel depressed (one of the lovely side effects) and a very harsh drug, so I really hope that it is working as well because normally I would never agree to take it. Presently I am still wheezing and coughing.  What has gotten better is my energy level…thank goodness!

Did you know that there are really nasty bacteria out there that are very antibiotic resistant?  Did you also know that two million people in the US are infected EACH YEAR by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and 23,333 die as a result?  YIKES!!!

There are four that are leading the pack on being mean and nasty.  They are:

1) Clostridium difficile or C. difficile-  this bacterium causes life threatening diarrhea and takes 14,000 lives per year!

2) Drug-resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Gonorrhea- a sexually transmitted disease with fewer than five deaths per year.

3) Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA- is nasty!  I have had it.  This can cause a range of illnesses from skin infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections with an estimated 11,000 deaths per yr.

4) Carbapenum-resistant Enterobacteriaceae or E.Coli- which can cause urinary track infections and other infections with under 1,000 deaths per year.

Scientists are working very hard to develop new strategies to combat these super bacteria. For example, I found it interesting, when researching, that they have found that silver, when combined with antibiotics, can boost killing power of bacteria!  Other researchers are using genetic sequencing of bacteria to help develop killer drugs at a faster pace.

Some of the present problems with the fight for new antibiotics that are not resistant are; the fact that since 1990, antibiotic development by pharmaceutical companies has slowed sharply. Why?  Because they are less profitable than other drugs used to treat chronic diseases.  Doesn’t it always come down to money? Grrr.  And another problem is the overuse of antibiotics in people and farm animals which continues to accelerate the creation of antibiotic resistant germs.  This is a GREAT and quick video from a CNN health report this year regarding just this topic.  Take a look…  http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/11/health/fda-antibiotics-farms/.

Now all I keep thinking is that I have to write a follow-up article on homeopathic approaches to the flu and common cold.   Keep a look out!  It’s on the way!

Stay healthy!

 

 

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