Thursday June 26, 2008 | Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

June 26, 2008 at 8:03 am | Posted in On Air | 22 Comments

The excessive use of antibiotics and use of antibacterial soap and other products are helping create “superbugs” that are hard to get rid of.  Today, a conversation about these bacteria and what we can do to protect ourselves.
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  1. Most of us aren’t competent to judge the skill of a physician. But any of us could tell whether a physician is willing to prescribe an antibiotic for a viral infection, or prescribe for a bacterial infection without assessing which one is the problem. How about a consumer-generated, Web-posted list of physicians who do those things, so we can avoid them–and the market will help the fight against infections?

  2. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry, I’ve seen that isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is used all the time for cleaning surfaces. How does this compare to the other antibiotic surface cleaners?

  3. I’m sorry I can’t continue to listen, I will listen to the rebroadcast tonight.Or try the podcast.

    Could you touch upon how/if the rampant use of antibiotics is also making a great deal of people allegic to penicillin and other antibiotics. My sister and I were both diagnossed with this allergy in our early 20’s. (we’re 6 years appart in age) We do not have parents who ran us to the Dr. over every litte sniffle.
    We were both told at the time of initial diagnosis that this was a contributing factor.Could your guest elaborate.

    Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  4. Thank you for hosting UNCC- Charlotte’s Dr. Hudson.

    MRSA is a huge issue in our community. Thank you for sharing the knowledge.

    Rhi Bowman

  5. There are certain groups (both ethnic and occupational) that are more prone to catching and spreading these new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    Certain ethnic groups like Native Americans, Jewish Americans, and some immigrant groups in the Americas (like Latin Americans, because of overuse of antibiotics in their own countries) are much more prone to catching and spreading these forms of bacteria than other ethnic groups.

    Workers in certain health care fields are also more prone to catching these superbugs because, obviously, they work with people who have it. Also, some agricultural workers who work with animals are more prone to catching it because of the high use of antibiotics in modern farming.

    New strains of MRSA have also been found among the homosexual communities in some cities in America.

    So in studying these new strains of bacteria we need to realize that some groups are more prone to catching and spreading these forms of bacteria than other groups.

  6. I do realize it is a bit off topic, however:

    Certain events have led to increasing worry about terrorist using biological agents in their attacks. Is it suitable to keep antibiotics at home in case of a biological warfare attack?

    Thanks so much for all of your useful information, Dr. Hudson. I hope to hear you on the air again soon.

  7. the Doc was a little hasty in warning about upcoming epidemic/pandemics since all the ones in history have typically been virulent based and not bacterial. Typhus is a notable exception though that one was mixture of louse bites mixing with incumbent bacteria. The irony of course is that Mike made a point to deride local news stories for trumping up small chance ‘risks’ but then had on a guest that did the very same thing unchallenged. The ultimate disconnect I found was that Dr Hudson is warning against pandemics and for the public to not overly kill common bacteria… but if pandemics are predominantly caused by viruses [like the pandemic Spanish Flu that he noted] then killing all the bacteria would not stop that at all. It goes to the that rivalry bacteria scientists have with virus ones.

  8. Dear Gary:

    You obviously were not listening at that point in the show. I was referring to the next Influenza pandemic (cased by the Influenza A VIRUS, which is obviously not a bacterium). Your reference to typhus caused by Rickettsia prowazekii above makes me worried you are a badly misinfomed physician. Please understand that our bacteria compete with the viral invaders, and killing bacteria puts us at risk for viral infections. Please tell me you are not a physician. Please.


  9. Dear M.B.

    Your point is well-taken and appropriate. Having the antibiotics in your home is fine. Please don’t use them unless something like you describe occurs, and only after you are sure from the government that you have the appropriate drug.


  10. The epidemiologist is absolutely correct.


  11. Dear Rhi:

    My pleasure, and I have enjoyed our phone conversations after the show.


  12. Dear Gina:

    Your penicillin allergy, as well as your sisters is gue to your genetics. You have a protein in your body that binds the drug, and that makes your immune system react to the complex. Nothing to do with antibiotic overuse.


  13. Dear Wesley:

    Isopropyl alcohol is fine.


  14. Dear Ralph:

    I understand the concerns you expressed completely.


  15. I hope I’m not too late to ask a question. At my children’s school, antibacterial gels are used before every child eats lunch. It’s the school’s way of avoiding washing hands (too little time). I would like to propose a change to the school in order to remove the gels from the school – what is your advice? Any articles that I could give the principal? Thanks

  16. Dear Elaine:

    You are not too late. Too little time to allow children to wash their hands, so they are leaving them with antibiotic-resistant bacteria on their hands instead? The gels must be removed from the school. Do you have an e-mail adddress for the principal? I’ll e-mail him/her and I’ll attach several published articles to prove my point. We’ll get those things out of there- don’t worry.


  17. FYI to Dr. Hudson and Elaine:

    Both of my children’s schools use these as well. Please double check the containers. Chances are these are alcohol based and not antibacterial. Most schools have these hand sanitizers all over. They are mostly alcohol and pose no risk.

  18. Dear Elaine:

    M.B. is absolutely correct. If you check the gels and the active ingredient is ethanol or isopropanol (isopropyl alcohol), the gels are fine. If the active ingredient is triclosan, that would be a big problem. Please let me know what you find out.


  19. The style of writing is quite familiar . Did you write guest posts for other blogs?

  20. Would LOVE to hear this program again on WFAE! Please consider it for rebroadcast.

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