Episode 72: Antibiotics

Hello and welcome to another episode of Squeaky
Wheel Productions’ Disability Series. This week’s topic is Antibiotics. What are antibiotics, how should they be used,
and why are they important? We’ll find out the answers to each of these
questions and more. Let’s get started! Antibiotics are medications that are used
to kill or inhibit bacteria. There are many different types of antibiotics
each with their own uses and characteristics. Examples of common antibiotics include penicillins,
cephalosporins, glycopeptides, macrolides, and tetracyclines. Now let’s look at some of the uses of antibiotics. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial
infections. Common infections treated using antibiotics
include pink eye, diarrhea, ear infections, pneumonia, and strep throat. Unfortunately, due to the misuse of antibiotics,
many of these infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the drugs used to treat them. Watch this week’s vlog to learn more about
antibiotic resistance. So, how should antibiotics be used? Antibiotics should only be used when necessary
and as directed by a medical professional. Antibiotics should not be used to treat minor
infections as this is unnecessary, nor should they be used to treat viral or fungal infections
as they are ineffective. For this reason, antibiotics primarily benefit
individuals with serious bacterial infections. So, why are antibiotics important? In short, antibiotics are important because,
when used properly, they are an effective way to treat serious infections and diseases. Although antibiotics can be very useful, it
is essential that they are used with care. Well, that’s all for this week. Now I’d like to hear from you. Did anything surprise you in today’s video? Please let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this episode and want to see
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check out this week’s vlog and the additional resources below. Thanks for watching and see you next week!

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