For those that haven’t heard the hype surrounding the super-bug, this has been a major concern with the Federal Drug Administration. The super-bug is a bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics or antibacterial treatments. This sounds a lot like complicated science, but it is simply a little germ that can’t be killed.

Why is this problematic? When you get an infection, it goes away through antibiotic treatment. With super-bugs on the rise, the bacteria you are trying to kill would be immune to the antibiotic. This is just one example of how the super-bug negatively impacts health.

Contrary to popular belief, the super-bug isn’t just evolving on its own: we are creating it. When we don’t finish a full round of antibacterial treatment, the bacteria is exposed (and made immune) but not killed. Now, this bacteria and its descendants, are all immune to this treatment.

Another way humans are creating the super-bug is by using certain soaps and hand sanitizers. Triclosan, a chemical in these products, has just been banned by the FDA. According to the FDA ruling, Triclosan has been found to “contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics.”

Rolf Halden, a scientist at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, believes that triclosan should have been banned a long time ago. “It has boggled my mind why we were clinging to these compounds.”

While the super-bug isn’t the biggest health threat at the moment, it should still be in the back of everyone’s minds because we can stop it. The FDA recommends just regular soap and water to wash your hands, and to finish all of the antibiotics prescribed. These measures will reduce super-bug creation and hopefully limit the future health risks that come with super-bugs.

 

Thanks for reading, friends!

 

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