There is growing evidence that the major cause of MRSA is the inappropriate overprescribing of antibiotics by general practitioners. This is not news, and it is widely known that most infections are viral and do not require antibiotics.
Also, it is well known that antibiotics upset gut bacteria and lead to overgrowth of the intestinal tract with fungi such as Candida which is present in everyone’s intestines but usually kept in check by the probiotic bacteria surrounding it and which also produce chemicals to hold it in check. Antibiotic use can reduce the probiotic bacteria and allow the fungus to grow which over time can lead to inflammation and misdiagnosis of IBS later in life and open another chapter in prescribing. A downward spiral we don’t want to promote. Candida overgrowth and dysbiotic guts probably affect millions of ‘20 something’s’ who have just had years of antibiotics for acne, or million of 40 something’s who have been put on antibiotics for rosacea. We have intelligent ways of restoring the healthy bacterial balance and reducing Candida without harsh antifungals.