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Help slow the rise in antimicrobial resistance‚Äč

Each November, World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance. We want to encourage best practice among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistance.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, by overusing them for unnecessary things such as colds, in human and animal health, we have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance. This happens when microbes, such as bacteria, become used to the drugs used to treat them.

The number of infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria is growing globally and is related mainly to the over-use of antibiotics and inappropriate prescribing. To help improve the use of antibiotics we ask patients to listen to their doctor or nurse's advice on antibiotics. Most common infections get better after a few weeks through self-care.

The team of health professionals at your local pharmacy can offer help and clinical advice to manage health concerns and if your symptoms suggest it's more serious, they'll ensure you get the care you need.

Please help the NHS to use resources sensibly. Find out more at nhs.uk/antibiotics