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    Antibiotics: Their Use and Misuse

    Hey Prepper Nation,

    I’ve written articles on how to obtain aquarium antibiotics without a prescription, and even how to make Penicillin at home (it isn’t easy), but even more important is knowing exactly when they should be used.  For now, you should discuss the subject with your doctor, but what happens in a collapse situation, when YOU are the end of the line when it comes to your family’s medical well-being?

    I’ve received many reports of antibiotics being used for conditions that they are unlikely to help.  Let’s talk a little about the subject: Antibiotics are medications that are used to treat bacterial infection.  They have little if any effect on viruses, which cause the grand majority of upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold or influenza. There are exceptions, such as the very common Strep throat, which is caused by a bacteria.  Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a viral and bacterial infection. Many bacterial infections induce high fevers in adults, whereas viral infections generally do not.  As well, many viral illnesses are self-limited, meaning that they will run their course and eventually subside.  The same cannot be said for many bacterial illnesses, however.

    So what’s the problem with that?  Well, we have been seeing a recent epidemic of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics; overuse may be the cause.  Resistance means that the antibiotic no longer has the strong effect that we depend on to destroy the infection.  This has led pharmaceutical companies to develop generation upon generation of new antibiotics to treat resistant bacteria.  At one point or another, we may find a bug that is unaffected by any antibiotic.  When that happens, we are in trouble.  Reports come in every day about these types of infections.  Thankfully, they are not yet widespread.

    When Should You Use an Antibiotic?

    So when should you use an antibiotic?  Certainly not for your average cough, cold or flu.  You might first consider natural remedies with known antibacterial action, such as garlic or honey.  If you experience a high fever, however, and the respiratory infection is getting deep in your lungs and just not improving, you might consider a course of antibiotics.  Most sore throats don’t require antibiotics, but Strep throat does.  In strep throat, you will usually see small white spots (pustules) on the back of your throat (say ahhh!).  Some ear and sinus infections are treated with antibiotics, but just having a runny nose is not a reason to begin taking them.

    Every prepper should have a stockpile of antibiotics for use in a collapse, but dispense them sparingly. They aren’t easy to produce at home, and your supply will run out one day.  If you have them, you’ll want to use them when they will do the most good.  I’ll be writing articles that are more in depth on this subject in the near future.

    Dr. Bones

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