Reducing the use and abuse of antibiotics

"When it strengthens the immune system, it is prepared and therefore less vulnerable it becomes , it is possible to reduce the amount of antibiotics consumed, mainly because they lower the chances of contracting a viral or bacterial disease , " said Dr. Jorge San Juan , infectious diseases physician , head of the Department of Intensive Care Patient Critical Infectious Hospital Francisco J. Muñiz.

That means working not only on prevention, but also the stimulation of the immune system , it is possible to decrease the use of these drugs whose effectiveness in recent years has been eroded by the growth of the phenomenon described as "bacterial resistance . "


This public health problem which in turn referred Alexander Fleming ( discoverer of penicillin ), is characterized by the loss of effectiveness of antibiotics in fighting infections to become popular because these drugs could give yourself - something that actually happens , " then subjecting the microbes to nonlethal quantities that could affect far from helping them become more resilient .

"There are many studies on this subject which is of course very interesting . But you have to make is that nothing can replace anything. This means that in any way the antiobióticos can be replaced, but the ideal is that their action is enhanced and that will help them more than anything it increasingly possible to apply them to a lesser extent . "

"How is this done? : working to prevent and also using other tools such as immunostimulants that are extremely useful for people with chronic respiratory diseases , "added Dr. San Juan.

Among immunostimulants , stands a sublingual (developed by Merck Serono) antibodies generated 78% of respiratory infections and significantly reduce antibiotic use because it contains fragments ( lysate ) from 48 billion bacteria belonging to the eight species that cause 78 percent of respiratory infections .

" Clinical research has shown that the use of sublingual immunostimulating 60 percent decreased the need for antibiotics . fewer people are sick and those who contracted infections required fewer days of treatment , "the specialist.

For example, a study conducted in children with recurrent respiratory infections showed a significant reduction of respiratory infections : 68% of those receiving the immunostimulant sublingual remained free of infection , compared with 37% of children who are administered other immunostimulant .

Also, the duration of episodes and antibiotic use was reduced by half in the group treated with sublingual immunostimulant .

"These results are important but we must not forget it is also very necessary to maintain the current immunization schedule . Undoubtedly, any preventive action is more effective if it has the primary tool for immunization , " Dr. San Juan ran in line with Dr. Carlos Luna, Chief of Pulmonary Critical , Pulmonary Division of the Hospital de Clinicas José de San Martín , who also noted that " are essential in hygiene habits and healthy life . "

In conclusion it is important to note that although antibiotic-resistant bacteria are more aggressive than others , they are more difficult to remove , so the antibiotic can survive and proliferate. And they have the ability to make the antibiotic sensitive bacteria even re-infect a person , becoming resistant.

To alleviate this problem, the World Health Organization (WHO ) recommended a " wise use "of these drugs, because the more you use , the greater the resistance. (Source : PRO - HEALTH News)


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