Why do some antibiotics fail; animation about antibiotic resistance

Why do some antibiotics fail; animation about antibiotic resistance


SILENCE TRANQUIL MUSIC VOICE-OVER: Bacteria are tiny organisms
that often multiply rapidly. Everyone carries
good and bad bacteria. If there are too many bad bacteria,
a serious infection can develop. That can make you
very ill. The bacteria that cause such infections
can be controlled using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bacteria
or inhibit their growth. This helps your body
to recover. Sometimes bacteria are
insusceptible to an antibiotic. They are therefore
resistant. These resistant bacteria have protected
themselves against the antibiotic. Antibiotics kill off
susceptible bacteria, giving resistant bacteria
the chance to multiply. The infection is therefore caused
by resistant bacteria. This infection is
more difficult to treat, because the usual antibiotics
do not work. So doctors have to choose antibiotics
of which they have less knowledge or that have
more side effects. If antibiotics are used incorrectly
or too often this increases the chances
of bacteria becoming resistant. So it’s important to carefully consider
whether antibiotics really need to be used. This way it will still be possible
to treat infections in the future.

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