Evidence Assessment of Management of Acute Otitis Media
I’m not going to go into this in more detail, but I do want to once again stress that antibiotic resistance is really only a minor complication of antibiotic miss use. Consider the long term chronic effects that destroying the normal flora has on overall health. Alterations in the GI tract can lead to a host of quality of life-destroying illness, potentially including allergies, asthma, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and most all autoimmune conditions. Consider that next time you’re given an antibiotic for a condition that will clear up just as quickly without it.
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