We know why bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, but how does this actually happen?


bacteria-808751_960_720Bacteria have been developing resistance to antibiotics for over a billion years. Source: Pixabay

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect everyone. Most people would have heard about antibiotic resistance and studies show many are aware the cause of the current crisis is due to their overuse. But few know how and where the resistance occurs.

A recent study revealed 88% of people think antibiotic resistance occurs when the human body becomes resistant to antibiotics. This isn’t entirely true. The resistance can happen inside our body as it is the host environment for the bacteria;but the important distinction is that the body’s immune system doesn’t change – it’s the bacteria in our bodies that change.

What is antibiotic resistance?

Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in a way that prevents the antibiotic from working. Changes in bacteria, known as resistance mechanisms, come in different forms and can be shared between…

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