Antibiotic Resistance: Questions & Answers (cont.)
In this Article
- What are bacteria and viruses?
- What kinds of infections are caused by viruses and should not be treated with antibiotics?
- What is an antibiotic?
- What is antibiotic resistance?
- Why should I be concerned about antibiotic resistance?
- Why are bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics?
- How do bacteria become resistant to antibiotics?
- How can I prevent antibiotic-resistant infections?
- What about antibacterial-containing products?
- Do probiotics have a role in resistance or resistant infections?
What about antibacterial-containing products?
An essential part of preventing the spread of infection in the community and at home is proper hygiene. This includes hand-washing and cleaning shared items and surfaces.
Antibacterial-containing products have not been proven to prevent the spread of infection better than products that do not contain antibacterial chemicals. Although a link between antibacterial chemicals used in personal cleaning products and bacterial resistance has been shown in vitro studies (in a controlled environment), no human health consequence has been demonstrated. More studies examining resistance issues related to these products are needed.
Do probiotics have a role in resistance or resistant infections?
Probiotics are defined as microorganisms that when administered in sufficient quantities may improve health. There are a variety of probiotics that have been studied for various health benefits. Their role in preventing drug-resistant infections in humans has not been established. CDC is currently monitoring research on probiotic use, but cannot make any recommendations at this time.
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