The Rise of Super Bugs and What it Means for Fighting Infection


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Did you hear the recent news that the U.S. is banning antibacterial soap? While this might seem like a win for some, and bad news for others, the real news is actually very grim: we may be acting too late when it comes to preventing the rise of super bugs that are resistant to conventional antibacterial solutions.

Scientific American points out a common issue facing doctors today. A patient may come in complaining of a fever, side pain, and pressure during urination. The likely culprit? A kidney infection. The treatment, though, is not as easy as it once was. For every patient that receives a powerful antibiotic, the risk for the next patient is greater: a few microbes will always evolve and become more difficult to treat the next time.

Now multiply that by the millions upon millions of prescriptions filled over the past few decades, in addition to non-prescription solutions like antibacterial soup. The result is bugs that are resistant to nearly everything we have, forcing medical professionals to escalate their treatment options, or worse: have no options for treatment, at all.

So: what can people still do to treat kidney infections?

Home remedies, on the whole, are not recommended since they are not consistent in application and the situation can get worse. It?s no one?s top wish to have to use catheterization trays for the rest of their lives.

Typically, it takes about seven days, or a full week, for antibiotics to take effect. During this time, patients who are experiencing difficulty with urinating can use urological supplies such as catheter plugs and caps and urinary drain bags. Though many people may initially dislike this option, properly using these supplies — from a reliable medical supplier — during the period of infection can help prevent the issue from getting worse, or the patient from developing further health issues as a result of not being able to urinate when necessary.

As any medical supplier can tell you, the issue of super bugs will continue to be a problem for people seeking treatment for a variety of issues. The best approach is to take antibiotics only as directed by a doctor, and to dispose of them in an approved way (NOT flushing down the toilet, which can allow these ingredients to enter the water system).

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