Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

Source: BBC News

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More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials.

Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own.

Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by creating drug-resistant superbugs.

PHE says patients have “a part to play” in stopping the rise of infections.

It is estimated:

  • 5,000 people die in England each year as a result of drug-resistant infections
  • Four in 10 cases of bloodstream E. coli infections now cannot be treated with first-choice antibiotics

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