Further Warnings about Antibiotic Resistance

Wednesday, 13th July 2016

This week in Birmingham, dermatologists worldwide will be attending the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference. The British Association of Dermatologists’ ("BAD") aim is to improve the treatment and understanding of skin disease.

During this conference, doctors have warned that oral antibiotics are used for durations, which exceed recommendations. This is despite earlier warnings during the 2015 BAD conference in Manchester, when a study was released on the ongoing effects of anti-biotic treatments on acne causing bacteria. This report identified that there was a growing rate of resistance to antibiotics such as clindamycin and/or erythromycin is presently 79.5% and the resistance to the tetracycline group is between 14.2 to 25%. All three of these types of antibiotics are used to treat Propionibacterium acnes, resistant bacteria can be spread by direct contact from one person to the next.

The 2015 conference also benefited from a study into the resistance to antibiotics to Staphylococcus aureus, which is a common cause of skin infections. King’s College Hospital found that erythromycin resistance rose from 17% in 2007 to 30% in 2014 in samples taken from patients not limited to just acne.

Antibiotic resistance has generated major concern globally with particularly with World Health Organization. On 16 November 2015, at the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of The World Health Organization, said; "Antibiotic resistance is compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases and undermining many advances in medicine."

This article was written by Jason Squire and Sam Berg.

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