By BJ Reyes
Just as the post on Breast Cancer Awareness Month was late to the party, so it goes with the Centers for Disease Control's annual Antibiotics Week. Sunday happens to be the last day of the annual observance. Better late than never. =)
The CDC holds the awareness week each year to educate on the proper use of antibiotics. You can test your knowledge with a handy quiz HERE.†
The larger point being made is that antibiotics are not for treatment of every medical ailment or condition. Additionally, improper use of the medicine can lead to the body developing a resistance to certain drugs, which could lead to serious health complications.
Certain bugs can develop a resistance to the drugs, too.
Staph can usually be treated with antibiotics. But over the decades, some strains of staph -- like MRSA -- have become resistant to antibiotics that once destroyed it. MRSA was first discovered in 1961. It's now resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, and many other antibiotics.
Fortunately, the staph in my hip/femur/knee hardware was not of the MRSA variety, but it was still quite nasty. Hopefully, this process that I've undergone since Oct. Sept. 25 has finally wiped it out.
† - I won't say what score I got, but it's probably fair to say that my first-hand experience with antibiotics tilted the playing field decidedly in my favor. =)