LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – An ambulance says the country is over-burdening antibiotics, and that this could have negative consequences in the future.
It was not necessary The emergency room doctor Ryan Stanton said that 75 to 80 percent of the cases, antibiotics are not the answer to a doctor's visit.
"What we do is use antibiotics for things we could treat differently, and for things that are of no use to antibiotics," Stanton said. "The biggest problem I see is that we use it to be a simple button without really looking down and finding a solution to the real problem."
Stanton also says that antibiotics are prescribed to satisfy patients more than to solve medical problems.
Antibiotics are only for bacterial infections, not for viruses. When antibiotics are used against viruses, your body builds resistance to antibiotics.
"There are bacteria in this country that we can treat with significant problems, and we'll see the stuff grow, and things will become more deadly, more dangerous, and we will not have antibiotics to treat it "Stanton said.
Stanton believes that the answer is to treat the symptoms by preventing what causes the disease. When done, he said that patients feel better when bacterial infections are hit.
"If you're an adult with a healthy immune system, you rarely need an antibiotic," Stanton explained.