Are Antibiotics Safe? When To Take Antibiotics And When Not? What Should Be Done After Taking Them?
Antibiotics can be a lifesaver but, they are not the complete cure of any infection. They treat bacterial infections like salmonella, TB, etc. But, they are not effective against viruses and fungi. Viruses are the causative organisms of infections like sore throat, common cold, et al.
Viruses are microscopic organisms that have nucleic acid core contained in a protein sheath. The infection caused by them like cough, runny nose, head cold, sore throat, fever, etc last for 7 to 14 days. They can be treated using cold formulas, decongestants, cough syrups but, not antibiotics.
Bacteria are single cell microorganisms that do not have a distinct nuclei or an organized cell structure. They are classified as good or bad bacteria. The good bacteria cause no illness while, the bad bacteria can lead to serious illness like meningitis, dysentery, pneumonia, blood poisoning, et al. They can be treated with antibiotics. With overuse of antibiotics, bacteria become resistant.
More about Antibiotics
Penicillin was the first antibiotic which is still used in treatment of many infections. Our immune system helps in fighting infections. But, in case of compromised immunity, antibiotics come to rescue of the sufferer.
Some antibiotics are “bactericidal” (kill bacteria) while, some are “bacteriostatic” (ban bacterial multiplication.
Antibiotics could not differentiate against good and bad bacteria and destroy all the bacteria especially in gut. This can lead to serious consequences. The good bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus, Bulgaricus and Bifidus keep pathogens at bay like yeast, cholera, Salmonella and E.coli. In bad health, they are then replaced by Clostridium, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas and Candida yeast.
The side- effect includes diarrhoea, feel sick, oral fungal infections, vaginal infection, digestive tract infection. The serious but, rare side- effects include abnormal blood clotting, kidney stones, hypersensitivity to sun, deafness and blood disorders.
In older people, antibiotics can lead to inflamed bowel. People who are allergic to antibiotics can present with facial swelling, difficulty breathing and rashes.
How To Take Antibiotics
Antibiotics are taken orally, by injection or as topical application. They start to work within few hours. It is essential to take complete course to prevent recurrence.
Some antibiotics are contraindicated with certain drinks and food. Some antibiotics are taken empty stomach. Do not take alcohol if you take metronidazole. Tetracyclines are contraindicated with dairy products. There are several important drug interactions with antibiotics.
How to restore good bacteria?
- Do not take artificial sweeteners or sugar. Instead use Lo- Han or Stevia.
- Stay away from cheese and mushroom. Avoid yeasty food such as beer, rolls, bread, etc.
- Avoid grains. Take gluten free whole grains like millet, corn or Quinoa after 2 weeks.
- Say no to salad dressings, soy, vinegar and horseradish.
- Do not take fruits as well as fruit juices (you can take tart apples).
- Take raw almond butter.
- Drink organic green veggie juices.
- Opt for anti- fungal teas like chamomile, alfalfa, angelica root, etc.
- Opt for olive oil.
- Eat unsweetened yogurt.
- Take garlic.