Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 18, 2011, 7:11 p.m. EST by TheAncientMariner
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There is a second reason for the lack of effectiveness of certain antibiotics in the fight against infection. Antibiotics can only be 100% successful if every bacteria causing the infection is killed. This means that there are no surviving bacterial cells who have been exposed to the antibiotic. Any that are, are capable of producing future generations of offspring which have latent resistance thus paving the way for further generations to have total resistance. This is the reason why it is important to completely finish a course of antibiotics even when you start to feel as if you are completely cured. Your body may now have recovered from the infection but some of the “baddies” have survived to create a future 5th column of enemies.
In the not too distant future all existing antibiotics will be powerless to help anyone unfortunate enough to contract MRSA, Staphylococcus infections, or Necrotising fasciitis.