Experts say: antibiotics suppress the immune system, provided that they are misused.
New research confirms the potential health effects of antibiotic therapy if bacterial infection is not proven.
The empirical administration of antibiotics at the slightest sneeze causes the development of resistance of microorganisms and serious side effects.
Many people know that antibiotics destroy the natural microbial flora of the intestine, vagina and oral cavity, creating all the conditions for the flowering of opportunistic organisms..
Case Western Reserve University (USA) found: antibacterial drugs can impair immune cell function and aggravate respiratory viral infections.
According to studies published in Frontiers in Microbiology, the body's natural defense is very effective against some oral infections. If a person intervenes in immune processes, this is fraught with complications.
American scientists tried to understand the relationship between bacteria living in the body and immune cells. Understand the role they play in the fight against infectious diseases.
“We intended to find out what happens when there are no bacteria in the oral cavity to fight a fungal infection. It turned out that our antibiotics reduce the concentration of short-chain fatty acids produced by natural microflora, ”writes Casepa researcher Puspa Pandiyan.
When the body is healthy, the beneficial bacteria that live in it produce short chain fatty acids (SCFA), which contribute to the development and maintenance of T-leukocyte activity. A variety of Th-17 white blood cells are responsible for the inflammatory process, accelerating the isolation and destruction of fungal infections.
Scientists have found that empirical antibiotic use reduces the population of beneficial microorganisms and dramatically reduces SCFA production. As a result, T-cell activity decreases, and fungal infections (such as Candida) get a chance.
In other words, these antibiotics disrupt the body's own immune response and make it difficult to protect against dangerous microbes..
“The long and meaningless use of antibiotics can interfere with the normal functioning of the immune system in other infections, such as viruses and fungi,” Pandiyan explains.
SCFA functions are especially interesting when it comes to oral hygiene. These substances are vital for our white blood cells to stay awake and look for enemies.
“Although many cells play a role in the fight against infections, the main mission is assigned to white blood cells. They are like professional soldiers in this war, while the rest of the cells perform secondary functions, more reminiscent of the military police, ”explains infectious disease specialist Ailin Marty of Florida International University (FIU).
And what are we doing?
As a result, respiratory infections not only do not go away, but are supplemented by new bacteria and fungi. That's because we grossly upset the balance: suppressed the synthesis of natural biological stimulants and weakened the immune system.
Of course, antibiotic abuse harms the body..
“In our body, in the oral cavity, there are good guys who do useful work every day - so why kill them? As with other infections, if you leave the body alone, they will go away themselves, ”the researchers noted..
With sepsis, pneumonia and other serious confirmed bacterial infections, antibiotic therapy saves lives, but sometimes antibiotics are harmful - they weaken our body.
Finally, if you have a bacterial infection and are prescribed antibiotics, be sure to complete the course of treatment. Discontinuing therapy ahead of time can create resistant microorganisms that you cannot handle!