While it has improved, antibiotics are still being over-prescribed in our country. Studies are showing that illnesses, like ear infections, will resolve themselves without antibiotic treatment in the same amount of time it takes to finish taking a prescription.
What Is C. Difficile?
Antibiotics kill bacteria that are essential to a balanced immune and digestive system. If a patient is over-exposed to antibiotics, a naturally occurring bacteria called clostridium difficile, also known as C. diff, can overpopulate and cause an infection in the patient called pseudomembranous colitis. This can occur most commonly in hospitals, nursing homes and to those who are taking antibiotics. Symptoms range from diarrhea to an inflammation of the colon that can be fatal.
C. diff infections are on the rise in this country, and according to the Mayo Clinic, it is becoming more severe and more difficult to treat. More than 10,000 people get these infections each year. But this does not have to be the case. If you feel that you have been over-prescribed antibiotics resulting in a severe C. diff infection, contact Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP.
If You Have Been Exposed to the Overuse of Antibiotics, Consult Our Chicago Lawyers
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