Since we are deficient in our ability to fight off infections due to CLL's impact on our immune system, we are more likely to need antibiotics to help us recover from bacterial infections. We may also need to have prophylactic antibiotics prior to surgery, dental work or during treatment and if we've had a splenectomy, we need to stay on them for life. Hence antibiotic resistance is a much more serious concern to us than is the case for the general public. Unfortunately bacteria are selected for resistance every time we use an antibiotic, so by finding alternatives to antibiotics, we can preserve their usefulness for when it really counts. Christine Carson, Research Associate at the University of Western Australia &, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research provide a short overview of non-antibiotic bacteria killers we may be able to use - with our medical team's approval, in place of antibiotics:
Ideally, we should do what we can to avoid bacterial infections in the first place, but that's far easier said than done...
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