Antimicrobial Resistance Is Bad News For Everyone, But Could Hurt Some

When Terry Bravo got a urinary tract infection in 2018, he took his mother’s unused antibiotics, left over from a prescription his mother never finished four years ago. Bravo said it was the only antibiotic he could take. He said that even though Bravo has health insurance, it’s very expensive and covers almost nothing. “I …

5 Things You Should Know About Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) change over time and no longer respond to drugs that once treated them. When we use antibiotics, some bacteria die, but resistant bacteria can survive and even multiply. Overuse of antibiotics makes resistant bacteria more common. Therefore, taking antibiotics while you have a virus …

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

Antibiotics have no effect against a virus, but most of us have been prescribed antibiotics at some point for viral conditions such as cold symptoms or bronchial infections. While this practice may seem harmless, decades of overuse and misuse of antimicrobials have contributed to antimicrobial resistance (AMR), where microbes change over time and no longer …

Quick Facts: What You Need to Know About Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Asiago-Reddy Antimicrobials are drugs used to prevent and treat infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites found in humans, animals, and plants. Antimicrobials include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. They have saved millions of lives and are one of the most important medical discoveries in history. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs …