Over-the-counter (OTC) lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs, research suggests. A study found antibiotics added to non-prescriptions remedies often fail to wipe out the bacteria causing a patient’s symptoms. Researchers worry this will strengthen bacteria and enable the species to evolve antibiotic resistance. Over-the-counter lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs (stock) The research was carried out by Cardiff University and commissioned by Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare. ‘Our work raises doubt about the continued OTC availability of these antibiotics for the treatment of sore throats, especially considering the primarily viral nature of the condition,’ Mr Adrian Shephard, of Reckitt Benckiser, said. Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections, however, many mistakenly believe the drugs will cure viruses. This is concerning because incorrectly treating infections could make life-threatening bacteria harder to kill. The study comes amid growing fears of antibiotic resistance – partially driven by the unnecessary doling out of the drugs – which has turned once harmless bacteria into superbugs. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Mother, 28, is left with a wonky B and D-sized chest after… From smoke enemas to revive drowning victims to using it to… Parents of… Read full this story
- Four ways to protect yourself from deadly superbugs
- A sore arm results in 4 surgeries and 8 days in a hospital
- How social media fuels attacks on sacred spaces
- Europe’s Heat Wave, Fueled by Climate Change, Moves to Greenland
- New Funding to Fuel Growth For Viral Launch
- The Latest: Biden says Trump is 'fueling a literal carnage'
- Ilhan Omar comments fuel push for Jewish Caucus on Capitol Hill
- UK-Based Bahraini Activist Faces Rising Pressure Amid Terror Charges
- Move over, ice cream! Doughnuts on the rise this summer
- Mom shares a flu warning sign that most people probably aren't aware of
Over-the-counter lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs have 291 words, post on www.dailymail.co.uk at April 11, 2019. This is cached page on Goose Art. If you want remove this page, please contact us.