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Antibiotics raise the possibility of developing germs that are resistant to them and could be harmful to the gut. Nevertheless, a recent study found that over 70% of primary care physicians continue to believe in an antibiotic prescription for asymptomatic infections despite the risk to the body’s “good” flora.

Medical groups against antibiotics  for UTIs

The mindset around antibiotics has changed since the early 2000s. For patients who test positive for a urinary tract infection (UTI) but exhibit no signs, such as burning/frequent urination, several medical groups advise against providing antibiotics. According to medical advice, antibiotics are ineffective for silent illnesses and may even be harmful.

These negative effects include yeast infections, rashes, diarrhea, and vomiting. In addition, rarely do antibiotic-resistant types like C. difficile have the chance to spread in the colon and can even be fatal. In some instances, bacterial infections are fatal or difficult to treat.

Assistant Epidemiology & Public Health Professor at the University of Maryland School o Medicine and study’s lead author Jonathan Baghdadi said,  “Our study suggests that primary care clinicians do not follow widely accepted recommendations against prescribing antibiotics for asymptomatic bacteriuria. Some primary care clinicians may be unaware of these recommendations, but a culture of inappropriate prescribing is also likely a contributing factor.”

Prescriptions are more likely to be issued by specific physicians.

Almost 551 primary care physicians from Texas, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest participated in the study, and their survey responses were examined. According to the poll, a patient who had a bacterial infection but no UTI symptoms visited the doctor. They had to offer the most effective course of action for treatment.

Results demonstrate that 71% of physicians would prescribe antibiotics for fictitious patients, even if doing so went against accepted medical wisdom. Additionally, the researchers discovered that compared to physicians in other disciplines, family medicine practitioners were more prone to overprescribe antibiotic drugs.

The authors of the study recommend modifying educational requirements for professions that are more likely to overprescribe antibiotic drugs and changing the perception that antibiotics are “possibly hazardous” rather than “unnecessary.”