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5 Signs You are Misusing Antibiotics: World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotic is one of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century and possibly the most important one in medicine. Before the discovery of antibiotics, bacterial infections were the leading cause of death. The average life expectancy was 47 years Worldwide.

The discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming paved the way for more classes of antibiotic inventions. This made it possible to deal with a wider variety of infection-causing bacteria.

Fast forward to the 21st Century, antibiotics have become common that you can access them a few meters from your house. People are consuming antibiotics without consulting a Clinician.

Most Pharmacists aim to make money more than referring clients to the hospital for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Why You Should care about Antibiotic Resistance

Diseases that were once easy to treat are becoming hard to manage because bacterias are mutating and are surviving in the presence of antibiotics.

Their continued survival leads to people contracting more severe infections, have frequent hospital visits, buy expensive drugs to treat simple infections, and are taking longer to recover.

The World is now at risk of going back to the pre-antibiotic era, where minor injuries and simple infections could kill.

This lead the World Health Organisation to started The World Antibiotic Awareness Week initiative. It aims at enlightening the World of the danger that awaits if each individual is not involved in reducing antibiotic resistance.

The five signs presented below are to help you be accountable for how you handle antibiotics that you come across.

Signs You are Misusing Antibiotics

  1. You stop taking your antibiotics when you start feeling better, more often the third day.
  2. You buy antibiotics from an unlicensed chemist and uncertified health professional.
  3. You take an antibiotic like Amoxycillin when you have a common cold or flu.
  4. You adjust your antibiotic medication by gauging how you feel without consulting your doctor.
  5. You check and use leftover antibiotics from a previous dose that you or someone else did not finish.


You live in privileged times where you can recover from a simple infection or a minor cut wound due to the availability of antibiotics. This privilege is at risk of dwindling due to antibiotic resistance. Managing how you choose to take antibiotics will help prevent further resistance from taking place, which will safeguard the future of the next generation.





Jane Kariuki is a Freelance Writer and Blogger trained in Clinical Medicine and Counselling Psychology. Her passion is to share the knowledge  gained in her professional field through writing. To get my services, find me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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