Truth, how harmful is drinking antibiotic tap water?

A few days ago, microblogs and WeChat were flashed by the following message: [Amoxicillin Detected in Nanjing Tap Water… Antibiotics Detected in Huangpu River, Yangtze River Estuary and Pearl River, Major Rivers in the Country! Do you dare to drink this kind of water? While forwarding this news, many friends added such a comment: “No wonder the doctor told you to drink more water when you catch a cold. It turns out that the water contains amoxicillin, an anti-inflammatory drug!” The news came from CCTV-13 News Channel, According to the report, the antibiotic detected in the tap water of a resident in Nanjing is amoxicillin. One litre of tap water contains 8 ng amoxicillin, which is equal to 0.000 008 milligrams. Many people also have the habit of taking [anti-inflammatory drugs] when they catch a cold. Think about it, when you catch a cold, did you find out amoxicillin as [anti-inflammatory drugs] to treat inflammation caused by a cold? Do you know, Amoxicillin is not actually an anti-inflammatory drug, It is not only ineffective in treating colds, And harmful. The correct name of anti-inflammatory drugs in the common people’s mouth is [antibacterial drugs]. If you eat amoxicillin capsules indiscriminately, it is 500 milligrams, which is equivalent to drinking 62.5 million liters of tap water to reach the amount of amoxicillin capsules. Tap water contains amoxicillin vs cold to eat amoxicillin, which is more harmful? The answer is self-evident. Tap water contains antibiotics, and you and I have contributed? The detection of amoxicillin in tap water shocked and angered us. Apart from anger, do we think that perhaps some of our own contributions are in the water? Because the source of antibiotics (amoxicillin is an antibiotic) in surface water includes not only the pharmaceutical factory discharge and aquaculture abuse that we want to condemn, but also the part that we excrete from our bodies and enter the wastewater system after taking it indiscriminately. Anti-inflammatory drugs? Antibiotics? Think about it, when you catch a cold, did you find out amoxicillin as an anti-inflammatory drug to treat inflammation caused by a cold? Do you know, Amoxicillin is not actually an anti-inflammatory drug, It is not only ineffective in treating colds, And harmful. Of all the professional medical books I’ve read, No book calls antibiotics anti-inflammatory drugs. The correct names are all [antibacterial drugs]. The English word for explaining the pharmacological effects of antibiotics is [anti-infection], which translates into Chinese and should be [anti-infection] rather than [anti-inflammatory effect]. These drugs are used to treat specific infections caused by antibiotic sensitive bacteria such as bacteria or mycoplasma. Is [antibiotic] and [anti-inflammatory] a what relationship? Can bacterial infection cause inflammation? Yes. Is it because all the inflammation shown by the body is caused by bacterial infection? Of course not. Inflammation, Not the name of a particular disease, It is a symptom of many diseases. Bacterial infection, virus infection, fungal infection, allergy, traumatic injury, etc. Can cause inflammatory reactions such as redness, swelling, heat and pain in the body. Antibiotics, Only for the treatment of sensitive bacteria such as bacteria, After using antibiotics to control the infection caused by bacteria, Inflammation caused by these bacterial infections will naturally disappear. Anti-inflammation, It is because antibiotics fought against bacteria and won. In other words, if the inflammation of the body is not caused by bacteria, antibiotics cannot have anti-inflammatory effect. For example, if inflammation is caused by viruses, fungi, allergies, traumatic injuries, etc., antibiotics have no anti-inflammatory effect. Do antibiotics need to be used for colds? A cold causes a red and swollen throat, It was originally caused by virus infection. But there are many people who do not care whether it is caused by what. All antibiotics [anti-inflammatory], This is wrong. There is another disease that widely abuses antibiotics to diminish inflammation. It is acute bronchitis. When a patient with acute bronchitis goes to see a doctor, About 80% of the people will be prescribed antibiotics, And usually broad-spectrum antibiotics. In fact, Acute bronchitis is often after catching a cold, The cold virus enters the bronchus, Stimulates the bronchus and causes a cough. In other words, Acute bronchitis is mostly caused by viral infections, The proportion caused by bacteria is not very large. If you cough for more than 10 days, Accompanied by chest pain, hemoptysis or dyspnea, may be combined with bacterial infection, should see a doctor at this time, prescribe antibiotics to take. If the patient is otherwise healthy, it is likely that acute bronchitis is caused by virus, usually will improve on its own. Indiscriminate use of [anti-inflammatory drugs] is harmful to what? When symptoms of a cold occur, If you go to pharmacies to buy so-called [anti-inflammatory drugs] indiscriminately, it may not only lead to drug-resistant superbacteria, but also lead to a series of adverse reactions, such as diarrhea, rash, anaphylactic shock, etc. Research data in the United States show that one in every 50 patients who use antibiotics will have adverse reactions such as rash. For every 5,000 patients who use antibiotics, One patient will have such serious adverse reactions as anaphylactic shock. In addition, Long-term abuse of antibiotics to treat infection caused by cold virus will not only not kill the virus in the body, but will also help: antibiotics will kill innocent people and kill beneficial bacteria in the body without finding harmful bacteria, which may lead to diarrhea, reduce human immunity, and further prolong the course of the disease! You see, it was already a small cold, but it could be treated as a serious illness, and the loss outweights the gain.