Antibiotic resistance applies when bacteria are no longer eliminated by a medicine that's supposed to kill them. Experts blame the problem on improper use of antibiotic medications.
Resistant infections usually need more costly drugs, more medical care or longer hospital stays.
Here's what you can do to help keep antibiotics working for you, according to the World Health Organization:
• Only take antibiotics when prescribed by a health professional.
• Always finish the entire supply of antibiotics. Stopping too soon may allow the bacteria to continue living.
• Never save antibiotics for later use or use leftover antibiotics, and never share antibiotics with someone else.
• To help reduce the risk of infection in the first place, wash your hands often, get vaccinations and limit your contact with sick people.
More information from our Choosing Wisely partner, Consumer Reports here.