Penicillin was the first antibiotic discovered. Soon more and more antibiotics were developed. The excess amounts of these antibiotics have caused many bacteria to produce strains that are resistant to antibiotics (Nicolaou). During the last decade, there has been a shocking increase in the appearance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria because of an increased use of antibiotics combined with the extraordinary ability of bacteria to develop resistance. A related question and potential problem is whether the supposedly less fit, dangerous, resistant bacteria might accumulate compensatory mutations that restore fitness and virulence without loss of resistance, and thereby stabilize the resistant population. Many bacteria become resistance because of human errors and the excess use of antibiotics to kill bacteria (Levy).
When we take antibiotics as a prescription, the doctor will always tell you to take if for some number of days. However, right after we start to feel better, we stop taking it.
This leads to resistant-bacteria. Most of the bacteria will be dead when you stop, but some will still be alive. These will be the ones that are a bit more resistant to the antibiotic, but still not immune. When we stop taking antibiotics, the resistance ones may still be alive. Soon those bacteria will pass on their traits of being resistant to the antibiotic. Then the bacteria will overrun the body again, and the antibiotics will not work as well. Another reason for the increase in resistant bacteria was the unnecessary use of antibiotics. Over 60 percent of doctors have admitted to giving out prescriptions for antibiotics
One researcher, Dr. Patricia Priest, studied the relationship between antibiotics that were given to a community and any antibiotic-resistant bacteria that was discovered in the community (Priest). Her research found that trying to attempt the use of antibiotics is not the best way...