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Steps to reduce use of antibiotics

Try to avoid infections in the first place. If you do get one, use antibiotics correctly. The following steps can help

Wash your hands often

  • Use plain soap and water.
  • Wash or at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid antibacterial hand cleaners and alcohol based handwashes as they increase MRSI (see previous blog) .
  • Wash before preparing or eating food.
  • Wash after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, sneezing, coughing, handling garbage and coming home from public places.
  • Wash before and after treating a cut or wound or being near a sick person.

At home

  • Don’t share personal items like towels, razors, tweezers and nail clippers.
  • Keep kitchen and bathrooms clean. You can clean surfaces with soap and water. Try to avoid products with added antibacterials.
  • Don’t put purses, nappy bags, or gym bags on the kitchen table or counter.
  • Wash wounds with regular soap and water. Use natural product such as teatree or bepantiseptic

At the gym

  • Wipe exercise equipment withsoap and water or wipes.
  • Put a clean towel over workout mats.
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean, dry and covered.
  • Shower right after exercising, and use clean towels.

Work with your doctor

  • Don’t push for antibiotics with your doctor. If you don’t have a bacterial infection, ask how to relieve symptoms.
  • Fight it off. If symptoms are mild and complications unlikely, ask if you can delay treatment for a few days.
  • Get recommended vaccines and flu shots. Ask about vaccines for pneumonia and meningitis.
  • Take antibiotics as prescribed. Don’t skip doses or stop the medicine early.
  • Don’t use leftover antibiotics to treat an infection. Taking the wrong medicine allows bacteria to multiply.

In the hospital

  • Don’t get shaved with a razor before surgery. The nicks can attract bacteria.
  • Make sure healthcare providers and visitors wash their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Visitors shouldn’t touch surgical wounds or dressings.

Ask every day if catheters or other tubes can be removed. They can lead to urinary tract or bloodstream infections.

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