Submitted by Michèle on Sat, 2008-05-31 10:13

The use of antibiotics has become a prickly issue for doctors, patients and the media.   There are several reasons for this:

  • Some bacteria have become resistent to antibiotics; this leads to 'superbugs' which are resitent to all but a handful of antibiotics.
  • Patients have been prone to asking for antibiotics when suffering from a viral infection.   Antibiotics have no action of viruses.
  • The practice of prescribing short courses of antibiotics means that a person suffering from a Cpn infection may appear to get better for a little while but will shortly feel ill again.   This may lead some doctors to think that either antibiotics are ineffective against Cpn or that the patient is suffering from a viral infection.

Here is an article that Jim wrote which answers some of the above concerns.