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.