Antibiotic medical myths
Dr. Siegel breaks down bacteria
- Duration 2:57
- Date Mar 15, 2013
Dr. Siegel breaks down bacteria
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I listen to his medical news there are new reports that suggest that one of the most popular antibiotics on the market.
Could -- kill you know it's just one.
Of today's medical myths that doctor Marc Siegel is here to debunk hi doc to the CEO -- didn't -- is -- pac.
Has been found to actually -- some people is not the survey.
Well first of all it hasn't been proven that it kills people but the study did show.
That came out last year in The New England Journal of Medicine it showed that 45 people out of a million courses.
Had an increased risk of dying from this because of -- heart arrhythmia but here's the point.
45 out of a million doesn't mean that if you took it tomorrow or I took -- tomorrow what happened to you -- me it's extremely rare song calling in America.
All antibiotics have side effects.
Or have a potential risk and if people out there -- I can't take -- -- -- because of this they're gonna take another antibiotic.
That also has a risk we overuse our antibiotics.
This could be a wake up call to not over -- than -- -- but I'm afraid that the message will be run away from -- that's the wrong -- -- Deepak is is troubling for people who have a heart arrhythmia.
People who have a heart arrhythmia -- -- a very slow heart rate people who may be potassium or magnesium depleted those of the people that should -- watch out for.
The -- vast majority of us can take it safely.
Okay now I'd always heard that when you have a cold it you can treat it with chicken soup.
But if it turns into a sinus infection then it's time to get -- -- but not at best or not.
Perfect next minute after the first one because that's the other point we overuse or antibiotics 95%.
Of our upper respiratory infections are viral -- A study last year showed that over 90% of our sinus infections are viral -- I can tell the difference -- patients can always tell the difference.
If you have a high fever if you have -- the green -- is coming out -- your sinuses are tender if your teeth hurt.
Those are reasons I think it could be a bacteria but usually it's a virus -- people go for that -- -- they don't need to.
OK I get to know -- -- -- troubling you know there are lots of staph infections as they're called in hospitals they seem to be on the rise.
Our hospitals loaded we -- deadly in some -- resistant bacteria.
That is a fact that Alison that's another overuse of antibiotics we're talking about people in hospitals get treated so quickly with -- antibiotics.
That resistant bacteria is survived they have what's called -- survival advantage.
We're seeing a lot of MRSA one -- -- fifty people are colonized with MRSA in the hospital we have a new super bug called C -- -- that we're very concerned about.
It is very problematic now it doesn't mean if you're in the hospital you gonna get this but we can still treat most of these and we can still isolate people.
You gotta wash your hands you gotta use those hands sanitized as and we physicians have got to isolate you if you're sick and not over use those antibiotics.
We also need to do a better job of disinfecting our hospitals absolutely doctor Marc Siegel thanks so much great -- -- it's great to see right now.