Dr Oz: Does Antibacterial Soap Kill Germs?
Dr. Oz and his guest, Dr. Brad Spellberg, already discussed the frightening trend of too many people taking antibiotics and the impending antibiotic apocalypse that could be taking place soon. They explained how too many doctors are handing out antibiotics for viral diseases when antibiotics can do nothing to cure a virus.
Dr Oz: Taking Full Amount Of Antibiotics Not Needed
Dr. Oz polled his audience before the show asking, “do you think you are supposed to take every last bit of an antibiotic prescribed to you?” About 87 percent of the people in the audience responded with a “yes,” but Dr. Brad Spellberg said it is actually a myth that you should take all the antibiotics you are prescribed. Dr. Oz was a bit astonished saying he was taught in medical school that the antibiotic medication must be taken in full for it to work.
Dr. Spellberg continued by saying if you feel better before the antibiotics are completely gone but continue to take the medication, then you are putting yourself at risk for potential side effects from the antibiotic or even the antibiotics killing off some of the good bacteria in the body.
Dr. Oz gave the example of a urinary tract infection. He said it is not necessary to finish the antibiotic if you start to feel better because it could make the infection worse. Dr. Spellberg said if you feel better before finishing the antibiotic it is best to call your doctor and ask if you should continue taking the medication.
Dr Oz: Bacteria Exposure Highest In Hospitals
Dr. Oz and Dr. Spellberg, an infectious disease specialist, had a few dos and don’ts when it comes to keeping you and your family safe from building up a resistance to antibiotics.
- Do not use antibacterial soap – Dr. Spellberg explained that alcohol is the most effective way to kill bacteria but he said ingredients in antibacterial soaps can actually make you build up a resistance to the alcohol. He suggested using alcohol-based foam and gel hand sanitizers which do not build up a resistance.
- Do ask about your options – Dr. Spellberg said it is good to ask about options when at the doctor’s office. He said if a doctor still prescribes an antibiotic for a virus make sure to ask if you can be treated with a narrow spectrum drug rather than a broad spectrum drug because the narrow spectrum drug will treat the symptoms you have rather than a bunch you do not have.
- Do Reduce Your Exposure – Dr. Spellberg said the best way to reduce your exposure is by living a healthy lifestyle. He continued by saying the worst place for exposure to bacteria is a hospital, meaning stay away unless you have to go for some reason. In the event you have to go to the hospital, Dr. Spellberg said to try and make the stay as short as possible because the longer you are there, the higher the risk for exposure to bacteria.
Dr Oz: Antibiotic Recommendation
Dr. Oz said it is the patients’ and the doctors’ fault for the overuse of antibiotics in our society. Patients are asking for antibiotics when they don’t need them and doctors are prescribing them when they shouldn’t be. Even the food we eat has become a huge source of antibiotics we don’t need. Dr. Oz wants everyone to change the way we take antibiotics before they reach a dangerous level. He told everyone to challenge their doctor and make sure your really need the antibiotic you are getting and make sure the dosage is correct. Dr. Oz also recommended buying organic meat and he said if you must take an antibiotic, take a probiotic along with it to help protect you from building up the resistant bacteria.