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The growth of antibiotic resistance has been dubbed a global health crisis.
Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria or other microbes adapt and can no longer be treated by antibiotics.
It’s becoming increasingly common due to the misuse of medicines, such as prescribing antibiotics when they’re unnecessary, and use of antibiotics in agriculture.
For many common ailments, antibiotics aren’t necessary and can end up doing more harm than good.
Antibiotics won’t always help and can have side effects. Find out if you really need them for some common ailments, and other steps you can take to get better.
Choosing Wisely is a campaign encouraging a change in thinking by health professionals and consumers to avoid unnecessary medical intervention.