• Question: How do you feel about the overuse of antibiotics and do you think that it will have a detrimental effect on common illnesses in the future?

    Asked by Leah.D to Chris, Joanne, Kathryn, Kieran, Sarah on 13 Nov 2017.
    • Photo: Sarah Guerin

      Sarah Guerin answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      Yes, I think it already has an effect on illnesses and how we treat them. We run a big workshop here in UL for schools where you make antibacterial hand gel, and learn about the pros and cons of antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics you should always finish your prescription, but we need to be wary of how often we take them.

    • Photo: Chris Werner

      Chris Werner answered on 13 Nov 2017:

      I think antibiotics are used too much. Irish doctors have a bit of a reputation of just giving away antibiotics when the patient just needs to rest and take it easy! There’s antibiotic resistant bacteria now which is a bit concerning, might be a superbug of the future!