10 years is really short.
Originally Posted by RBG09
I wouldn't take it to that extreme, but we should obviously stop prescribing antibiotics when they're not needed to treat something. They're misused a lot, and that can be blamed on the doctors and the patients.
On numerous occasions I've seen people get antibiotic prescriptions without knowing what the exact cause of their infection was, their doctor just takes a shot in the dark and hopes they're prescribing the right thing, without actually testing the infection and doing any lab work to determine what will be the most effective.
As someone who might've died without broad-spectrum antibiotics (due to an infection so rare it took two weeks of tests to pinpoint the specific bacteria), I can say that sometimes, it's necessary to treat people with anything you've got to keep them alive long enough to figure out the exact issue.
However, I agree with everyone that when someone goes in for a cold, they should NOT be given antibiotics. A cold is a virus. What a doctor once told me is if, after 7 days, it's not improving at ALL, then you go to a doctor and talk about antibiotics. But I think we should be testing people to see what specific one they need, and if it is, in fact, a bacteria, or just a strong virus.
Admittedly I don't know how long it takes the average clinic to do tests like that, nor the cost. But I'm sure the cost would probably still be better than doling out antibiotics, and if not, then it's certainly cheaper than the cost of trying to save people from these superbugs.