So, what is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic. It occurs when bacteria changes in a way that reduces the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survives and continues to multiply, causing more harm to the patient’s health.
Overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to become resistant, meaning current treatments will no longer work.
Although some people think a person becomes resistant to specific drugs, it is the bacteria, not the person, that become resistant to the drugs.