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- Similarities exist between resistant weeds and drugs
- Continued, widespread use is catalyst for resistance
- New products, management systems needed
In the meantime, while research continues to develop new tools for fighting the problems, both Baumann and Wagner offer advice to their respective audiences in the farming and medical fields.
“From an agriculture perspective, that being farmers, we need to go back to some of the old chemistry or use new products with different sites of action than the product in question," Baumann said. “We need to employ preventive instead of remedial approaches because remedial, post-emergence products may not be available to you. Rotation of herbicides is one recommendation. Or, at least use an alternative site of action herbicide somewhere in the program, in conjunction with glyphosate products to pick up the resistant biotype.”
Meanwhile, Wagner says both patients and medical doctors need to work together with treatment protocols involving both pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures.
“The first few days of nasal or sinus congestion may resemble a sinus infection, but more likely it is a viral upper airway infection,” he said.
“More times than not, patients are better off waiting seven to 10 days. Usually this type of viral infection improves over this time span.”
If the patient’s symptoms persist or worsen, consider antibiotic therapy at that time.
“By the same token, all medical providers need to take time in the exam room and educate their patients,” Wagner said. “The common cold is caused by a virus which resolves on its own, and a sinus infection has a bacterial etiology and improves with antibiotic therapy. Furthermore, there are many preventive practices a patient can employ to minimize the risk of contracting MRSA infection.”