This is in the rant section because, well, it is a rant.
I have noticed (anecdotally) in pretty much any thread discussing the resistance of bacteria to current antibiotics, that at least one US member will
always reply with some doom-porn statement like "that scratch chopping wood will now be a killer again" or other such drama.
Have you guys not got soap, or even salt water?!
I work in general building/construction in the UK and I probably draw blood through a scratch two or three times a week. Sometimes it's only a drop
or two, but other times I may need to get the
and a tissue out to seal the wound after a quick
wash under the tap.
In 5 years I've never had an accident related infection that required antibiotics, and neither have any of the guys I work with.
I was chatting about this with a few guys at work last week and we came to the conclusion that either US citizens are more prone genetically to
infections or their use of antibiotics as a prophylaxis has made them more susceptible to such infections due to killing all their good bacteria.
Either way, if bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics then the widespread use of them as a prophylaxis in the US is a major contributing
factor for the development of resistance worldwide.
I had major mouth surgery about 6 months ago, and two weeks later an infection developed, which while being very unpleasant, was fixed with
antibiotics as the problem developed. I was, and still am, glad that I wasn't released from hospital with a dose of antibiotics, prescribed just
. Whereas I am of the understanding that prophylaxis use of antibiotics would have been expected as the norm in the US.
Bacteria will of course continue to adapt to our antibiotics, but I strongly believe that countries such as the US are to blame for speeding the
process up with your lame fear of any scratch or injury automatically 'becoming infected'.
Get over it guys, it isn't the wild west any more, you have soap, and disinfectant to clean your own wounds now, even just salt water and hot showers
you know. YOU DO NOT ALWAYS NEED TO USE PROPHYLAXIS ANTIBIOTICS FOR A MINOR CUT.
This is rather telling...
Parent pressure makes a difference. For pediatric care, a study showed that doctors prescribe antibiotics 62% of the time if they perceive parents
expect them and 7% of the time if they feel parents do not expect them.
Dish them out like sweets/candy and it's no wonder bacteria are becoming resistance eh. Thanks for that America.