The harmless and the harmful

If we fall ill with a bacterial infection, sometimes a course of antibiotics is the only thing that can help. While antibiotics are undeniably an important treatment option, it is equally important to consider whether they are truly necessary in each case.

Antibiotics can only treat certain medical conditions and aren’t an “all-in-one” solution, they should only be taken on the advice of a doctor and should be taken as described in the instructions included. Not only can improper use lead to bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotics created to destroy them, but antibiotics can also have unpleasant side effects as they can throw our microbiota out of equilibrium.

Replacing lost bacteria

Not only do antibiotics destroy the pathogens that made us sick, they also inhibit beneficial bacteria in the gut.

This, in turn, makes it easier for other pathogens to attack our system leading to side effects such as bloating, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhoea. In such cases, probiotics can be taken alongside prescribed antibiotics – ideally two to three hours before or after taking a dose of antibiotics. The live microbes such as Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis in BioGaia can help to replace lost bacteria.

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