It wasn't any big thing, just a fever with sinus pressure, swollen lymph nodes in the throat, and those beautiful white pustules on my tonsils. Easy, peasy course of antibiotics to cure strep and sinusitis. Great.
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See the thing is, I am treating with a biologic, Enbrel, injected once a week, which- I'm sure many of you know- suppresses the immune system and makes you more susceptible to infections, especially of the respiratory system (I'm guessing because that is what we are most often exposed to in daily life.) And since I work at a doctor's office, I come into contact with about 30+ strangers per day.
So this second round of antibiotics raises the question very prominently in my head of over exposure to antibiotics in general. See, here's the thing: I'm only 28. This is a life long, chronic illness, who's drug therapy usually involves suppressing the immune system. I have a LOT of years left on this Earth which means a lot of years of immunosuppressants, which means a lot more respiratory infections to look forward to.
Every time I have to take an antibiotic, aren't I bringing myself a step closer to developing A) an intolerance to the drug and B) the likelihood of allowing a resistant strain to take hold in my system?
Do you guys ever worry about this? What is the long term implication of my being treated for constant systemic infections as a result of my drug therapy? Do I have to worry about the future, about being a non responder to the commonly used antibiotics? How do you approach this kind of thing with your doctor? Do you try to find a happy medium between treatment and deferral?
I'm interested to hear what others have to say about this! Maybe I'm just over thinking things. Or, maybe you've addressed this with your doc and have good advise for the rest of us. Let us hear it!