Describe how bacteria may become antibiotic resistant
The most common way is when patients starts to feel better and then abruptly stop the treatment of antibiotics before it kills all the remaining bacteria, the surviving bacteria has a chance of becoming resistant to the antibiotics it was treated with.
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Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in some way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of drugs, chemicals, or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply causing more harm. Bacteria can do this through several mechanisms. Some bacteria develop the ability to neutralize the antibiotic before it can do harm, others can rapidly pump the antibiotic out, and still others can change the antibiotic attack site so it cannot affect the function of the bacteria.
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Yes, all true. Bacterias can rapidly evolve and develop resistance to antibiotics designed to kill them in the first place; it can occur when the host (of the bacteria) is exposed to the same bacteria several times, and the same anti-biotic is consumed by the host—or irresponsibility during treatment. There is a drug that can prevent bacteria from acquiring immunity from certain antibiotics—which is in fact, taken with the anti-biotic prescribed in rare occasions. I just forgot the name of the drug... the name starts with an "A", I believe.
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