“Nightmare Bacteria” Waking Up Across America

Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Getting Smarter, Harder to Treat

Jennifer Bloodworth
April 04, 2018 - 7:09 pm
Bacteria Culture

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The CDC is warning Americans of “nightmare bacteria” cropping up across the country and fighting back against traditional treatments.

The infections caused by the superbugs can be difficult or even impossible to treat.

“These bacteria themselves are bad. Not every bacterium that’s found on the human body is going to cause an infection,” Allegheny Health Network primary care physician Dr. Brian Lamb told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News Wednesday.  

But Dr. Lamb says the infections that are happening are getting worse.

“Unfortunately what we’re finding is that we’re going to some of our … very powerful antibiotics, which we use as absolute last resorts,” Dr. Lamb said. “A lot of them have a lot of toxicity a lot of side effects but we’re finding we’re starting to use these drugs more and more often.”

Treating with antibiotics can actually make the situation worse.

“Bacteria are always changing and they’re smart. The more you expose them to these new medications, the more of a chance that they’re actually going to find out how to outsmart the antibiotic. And you’re going to be left with an infection that you can’t treat at all.”

Dr. Lamb says there are a few things we can do to prevent this including listening to our doctors. He says to always finish the entire round of antibiotics you’re prescribed and not to push for antibiotics if your doctor doesn’t want to treat with them right away.