We only prescribe antibiotics to a patient if they have a severe infection or if we cannot treat the infection site right away. The type of antibiotics that we prescribe depends on the patient’s needs, especially the site of the infection.
When the doctor prescribes an antibiotic:
- It is very important to follow the exact instructions.
- Antibiotics only work if the patient takes the medication on time, and finishes the entire amount.
- It is dangerous if a patient is lax about taking the medication, or stops taking it once they feel better.
- Doing this enables the bacteria to become more resistant to the drugs. Thus, making the patient’s condition—and future infections—more difficult to treat.
Written By: Dr. Ngo