In 1900 people died from infections, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrhea. After the introduction of the penicillin in the 1940s, millions of lives were saved. Scientists developed over 150 antibiotics to fight against the spreading of the infections.
However, besides their life-saving abilities, antibiotics have several dangerous side effects that we just can’t ignore. Antibiotics that are not broken down in the body, stay active for a long time after being excreted, which contributes to the problem of antibiotics and other drugs circulating in the environment.
Weakened immune system
The immune system becomes weakened when we take antibiotics. This means that the body is more susceptible to infections that it was before the antibiotic consumption. So while you are fighting one infection, you may be more easily infected with another that is usually stronger i.e. more resistant than the original one, which causes additional problems.
If you are using antibiotics for a longer time, you may become infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile that releases toxins in the intestines and causes infectious diarrhea. The symptoms vary from mild to severe. This bacteria causes one of the most dangerous types of gastroenteritis. It can even cause perforation of the intestine, which can be fatal.
Thrush – Candida Albicans
It is already known that the consumption of antibiotics can cause thrush. Thrush is worse when consuming stronger antibiotics. It is also very persistent because with time it becomes resistant to the treatments you use.
Vasculitis can be caused by some pretty common antibiotics. It is actually a result of an immune reaction that can disrupt our DNA and RNA and cause the white blood cells to attack our own body. It can cause similar effects as Lupus.
To conclude, it is clear that antibiotics save lives and are very important for the human health, but they should be used very carefully and conservatively in order to avoid the dangerous side effects and possible resistance.
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