When a disease or dysfunction arises, we immediately look for a professional capable of diagnosing the causes of the disease through tests and symptoms and, after confirming a diagnosis, prescribing a medication.
Many people do not understand the difference between an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory, not understanding why the doctor often prescribes both together.
Antibiotics are drugs used in cases of diseases caused by microorganisms such as fungi or bacteria. With the administration of antibiotics, the development of microorganisms is stopped, causing the gifts to be eliminated. Some examples of diseases caused by microorganisms are: pneumonia, tuberculosis and meningitis, among others. Some of the antibiotics used are: penicillin, streptomycin, tetracycline. Viruses are treated with exclusive drugs called antivirals.
Anti-inflammatory drugs are used to eliminate any edema or swelling caused by a disease, trauma or aggression suffered, allergy and burns. This medication minimizes the effects caused by the defense of the organism by activating the local circulation.
Thus, the antibiotic acts on the causative agent of a disease, be it bacteria or fungus. The anti-inflammatory acts on inflammations generated by trauma or aggression.
It is important to note that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics can generate resistant microorganisms, since there is a possibility of selecting the weakest. Thus, they become increasingly difficult to eliminate.
Often, the food itself serves as an antibiotic. Spices like garlic, ginger, cinnamon, among many others are great antibiotics that, added to a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle, prevent a large number of health problems by inhibiting the development of microorganisms.
There are also natural anti-inflammatory drugs and studies on them that aim at minimizing side effects and a more affordable value than that of pharmacists found on the market today.
By Giorgia Lay-Ang
Graduated in Biology