Antibiotics are essentially remedy or treatment drugs that specialize in eliminating microscopic organism-infection from the body, particularly those that fall under or are classified as bacteria. Antibiotics are a necessary form of treatment for living beings because these drugs help in eliminating the disease caused by a bacterial infection. When a bacterial infection is left untreated or is not immediately attended to with antibiotic medications, the infection will develop into a disease and spread further into the body while possibly infecting other cells, tissues, and organs at the same time. If left untended, a bacterial infection can cause serious damage and even death.
There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria. The bad ones have caused and responsible for millions upon millions of human deaths. If you look at the bubonic plague caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis, the infection actually resulted in the decimation of at least a third of the world’s population back in the 14th century. During those times, people were still not aware that there are microscopic organisms invisible to the naked eye that can infect you and potentially kill you if you do not take the necessary antibacterial medicine. Unfortunately, just as the people were still not aware of bacteria back then, so was antibiotic as it still was not yet invented then.
It was during the early 1900s when a scientist named Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, through day-old spores coming from molds in an experiment. It was this breakthrough discovery that has helped our modern era to survive many of the bacterial infection types known to men. It is in fact this discovery of antibiotics that has led scientists to discover more, modify, and even engineer different types of antibiotics so they can be really effective in treating bacterial diseases and infection. Continue reading