I rarely get sick. When I do get sick, I rest for a day or two and I'm fine. I can't remember the last time I got sick and went to the doctor. I have probably been sick, gone to the doctor, and been put on an antibiotic once in the last 15 years.
I know some people that get sick all the time, go to the doctor and take antibiotics. It makes me wonder if their taking antibiotics wrecks their immune system and makes them susceptible to getting sick more often and needing more antibiotics. I know some people that take antibiotics at least two or three times a year. If I was sick that often, I would want to slit my wrists. How often do you go to the doctor because you are sick and have to take antibiotics?
I did get the flu last year and that was the sickest I had been in years and years. I rested for a few days and was fine. (no doctor involved)
I am always shocked when I hear people say that they took their antibiotics just until they felt better and then saved the rest in case they get sick again. That is why there are so many germs that have become resistant to certain antibiotics. Doing that causes them to mutate.
I generally don't go to the doctor for getting sick. I even fight off upper respiratory infections on my own. I am very careful though if it starts getting worse after 3 or 4 days I will go in for fear of it turning into pneumonia. When I was a young kid I went to the doc 3 or 4 times each winter and got antibiotics and I'm now immune to Amoxicellin, the "z-pack" (Zithromax) rarely works for me any more. Normally I try and get the doc just to skip right to Biaxin when I need it.
With my bum leg this year I was on 4 or 5 rounds of different antibiotics some of them very powerful with nasty side effects but luckily they're a different class than those used to treat respiratory infections and strep throat. It turns out I never needed the antibiotics in the first place! Never go to an ER for primary care.
I was put on them a few times during my pregnancies because I kept getting UTIs. I never even knew I had them.
4 comments 2 votes in the poll. I know my math may not be the best but something doesn't add up here.
My doctor keeps me a prescription of them but I don't always fill them. It just saves me a trip to the doc. Because of my Intracranial Hypertension I get infections and need antibiotics to clear them up. I can tell the signs and can start a regiment on my own. But I do not abuse the prescription because as Theresa has said you can build up a tolerance to the meds and then you might as well not take anything at all.
I can't really remember but I'm assuming I've been on antibiotics maybe 3-4 times in the past decade, mostly because I've always seem to get strep throat every few winters. Always had it as a kid, typically during a really cool school event that I'd have to miss.
With my ear problems, I tend to get ear infections quite often. I knew antibiotics all the time would be a problem, so I did some research and found people use garlic oil instead. Some open the capsules and dump the oil in the ear, others take the pills normally. So with my last ear infection, I took 3, 1,000 mg capsules daily and in 4 days, the infection was gone.
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