Today Show: Overuse Of Antibiotics Creating Superbugs
A Washington Post article about being too clean was recently published and it has been turning some heads. The article essentially states that Americans are overusing antibiotics which could lead to the development of superbugs that are resistant to any strain of antibiotic. In a sense, it might actually be healthier to be dirty sometimes.
Dr. Keri Peterson said just because there are products out there to disinfect yourself and the things around you, it doesn’t mean you should be using them all the time. She said if we continually overuse antibiotics and antibiotic wipes we are going to create untreatable superbugs. Everything needs to be used in moderation according to Dr. Peterson.
Matt Lauer told Dr. Peterson he uses Purell about once a day but he wanted to know if that was in the “safe zone.” Dr. Peterson said it was good to limit your use of Purell adding that Purell isn’t even necessary if you have access to warm water and soap. As long as you wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, you will kill the bacteria on your hands.
Today Show: Don’t Use Antibacterial Chopsticks
Dr. Peterson also cautioned against all the new protects with antibacterials. She said it is not necessary to wear antibacterial socks and use antibacterial chopsticks.
She also cautioned against taking antibiotics even when the doctor gives them to you. She said in her own practice she teaches her patients the difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection. She wants them to know they don’t always need to take antibiotics because sometimes the antibiotics will do nothing to cure the illness.
Today Show: Children Need Exposure To Germs To Strengthen Immune System
Lastly, Dr. Peterson has some advice for new mothers. She said it is a bad idea to use antibacterial wipes on a baby. She said children need to be exposed to germs because the exposure will help strengthen their immune systems.