Topic – Antibiotics are powerful medicines, used to kill or control bacterial infections.
But are they good or bad, a miracle or a curse ?
Do you take them gladly or cautiously or not at all ?
Your opinions and experiences please.
Background – I have a trapped hair follicle. At first it was just a small harmless soft lump. My doctor thought it would clear up by itself. Unfortunately it didn’t and became infected after a few months. Doctors have had me on three different kinds of antibiotics, which do stop it worsening, it shrinks, stops being sore and appears that might have healed. But as soon as I stop taking them, it worsens again. I’m now looking at a minor surgery under local aesthetic. There’s a very slim chance that it will clear up with the current course of antibiotics and surgery wont be necessary.
Obviously when I’m prescribed antibiotics I want to know about the drug I’ve been issued, and any problems or side-effects. There’s a mixed bag out there as regards antibiotics. It seems that generally people are positive about these drugs, and lots of lives have been saved, millions certainly, so a miracle of modern science. However there is evidence that some bacteria are becoming antibiotic-resistant, causing super-bacteria that are killing people just like the pre-antibiotic days. This is especially a concern for those already weakened through illness or old-age.
Also, I think the old superstition of “If it looks to good to be true, then it probably is” applies here. Whether this is “true” of not I don’t know.
I’ve been advised to take a probiotic, which I have done, albeit half-dose (every two days). The one I was issued at the pharmacy is “Bioflor”. It’s a yeast with origins in lychee or mangosteen. I don’t know whether I think it’s useful or not, yet, I’ll see how I get on.
UPDATE – The Bioflor probiotic made me very ill indeed, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and eventually fever. I would NOT recommend them. I discontinued their use and started to feel better. I think it’s due to the fact that it’s a yeast, and I’m not a brewing vat.
My conclusion is that I DO think antibiotics are a positive thing. I do remain wary about taking them, but my health is important, so I would rather take the antibiotic for treatment or cure, than become very ill or die of something treatable. Being knowledgeable helps to improve my chances of remaining healthy, so I do my best to keep informed. Other’s opinions given when I’ve posted these questions before have been very enlightening, and very helpful, so please feel free to contribute. Also Google (in their own sweet time) may pick up these posts and therefore reach a larger audience, so more enquiring minds may also benefit 🙂
Obviously we don’t need to know the gory details. Your medical history is private and personal, so bear this in mind if you want to share something “medical”.
Thankyou in advance for contributing.
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Warm regards, Don Charisma