Editor’s Note: The following article has been generously contributed by Cody M. from Skilled Survival.
You have a survival cache of weapons and ammo. Your bug out bag is ready to go.
Will Your Demise Be A Sinus Infection?
Survival Antibiotics are a part of my prepper medical supply, and they should be part of yours too.
When you think about survival medicine and start to put together your cache of prepper medical supplies you need to consider survival antibiotics an essential part of your kit.
Everything is OK until it’s not OK. Then, it’s a matter of how prepared you are to make things OK.
It Was Only A Scratch But That’s All It Takes
For me, it wasn’t OK when I was on the verge of a week-long Army field training exercise.
A little scratch on my knuckle had become a swollen, mess of pus after a few days of military-style sleep deprivation and poor hygiene. Don’t judge.
I figured out I could get an extra 15 minutes of sleep if I showered only every other day. It was a time that I measured sleep in minutes rather than hours, and this seemed like a solid plan.
As we prepared our gear for inspection, I noticed a red line snaking from the pink scratch up to my forearm that appeared to follow a vein.
A couple of hours later, the angry red line had reached my armpit. Also, by then, I felt like I had a hangover from hell even though I hadn’t had a drink in over a week. I was concerned enough at this point to show my squad leader.
After berating me for being too stupid to take care of a mere scratch, and too weak to heal myself, he sent me to sick call.
I received Motrin, a painful shot of antibiotics in the butt, and seven days worth of pills. Within hours, I was limping through a road march, embracing the suck for my FTX. Hooah.
I can only imagine what would have happened without those antibiotics? Septicemia. Blood poisoning. Death. Most likely, I would be dead now if not for antibiotics.
From a scratch on my knuckle!
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Antibiotics Changed Life As We Know It
Antibiotics changed medicine and life as we know it. Before Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of penicillin, there were a few options for the treatment of bacterial infections.
Can you survive without antibiotics? Before the invention of these miraculous drugs, the thought was no, humans could not overcome some superbugs without aid. However, nowadays, new superbugs with less weaknesses are being introduced into the world. Ever hear of ESKAPE? That stands for Enterococcus, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and Enterobacter. These are superbugs that dwell in hospitals all around the world…and there is no adequate treatment for them yet.
You could cut off the limb or cut out that infected pound of flesh.
Surgery is probably a bad plan in a SHTF world without that sterile O.R. not to mention the actual surgeon.
2. Natural remedies.
You could cover it with a natural poultice or use other various natural resources. Natural remedies is an article in itself, possibly a book.
So here is a link to some simple antibacterial poultices.
3. The immune system.
You could wait and see if your immune system destroys the offending germ. The body does a pretty good job of defeating a lot of bugs.
That said, the body depends on everything being in good working order. A healthy immune system is well-fed, well-rested and focused only on the task at hand:
Kill that disease! So lots of bed rest.
No foraging or fighting off pillagers. Just heal. Diarrhea, a snotty nose, fever, vomiting. These are all part of the body’s attempt to get rid of the germ. Cook the germ. Flush it out.
Each of those things taxes your body, uses more of those valuable resources: Food, water, energy.
That’s the guy in the zombie movie that everyone talks about leaving behind because “he’s slowing us down, and he probably won’t make it anyhow”.
Development of antibiotics for medical use began in the 1940s, and many illnesses moved from having a prognosis of certain death to a prognosis of 10 days of pill-popping as life goes on.
Prior to the 1940’s my ominous red line? Not good.
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So Which Infections Are Most Concerning?
Even today, the death rate for septicemia is around 50%.
Bacterial skin infections (mostly staph infections) had a mortality rate of 11%. After the introduction of antibiotics, the death rate fell by 100 fold.
I’m no statistician, but that seems like a win.
How about Meningitis without antibiotics? Write your epitaph quickly, before your mind gets cooked.
Please note that a lot of changes in life and medicine occurred at about the same time as the discovery of antibiotics that helped boost the survival rates.
To say that any bacterial infection untreated by antibiotics is a death sentence would be an exaggeration.
It would be more realistic to call survival antibiotics one crucial tool in the bag that will help you stay alive.
Other changes that seem so common sense to us now were just becoming the norm in the early 20th century.
- Cleanliness (handwashing, room cleaning, proper garbage disposal, sewage treatment, clean water).
- Improved food supply.
- Improvements in shelter design.
Basic overall Achievements In Public Health.
- Now, what do you think will disappear in our SHTF scenario?
- Will the garbage man still do his rounds?
- Will you take daily showers when life-giving water is scarce?
- When the grid goes down, will your home still be a comfy 68 degrees?
- Will you get your five servings of vegetables a day?
You get the point…things will be much different.
A SHTF world is a pre-antibiotic world.
All of the things that helped improve the average lifespan from mid-forties in the early 20th century to nearly eighty in the early 21st century, sanitation, a steady food supply, a good night’s sleep; they’ll be a thing of the past.
However, one big difference is that antibiotics will still exist.
The question is: Will you have access to them?
The answer will be the same as any other prepper question. If you think ahead, if you prepare for the problem before you have the problem, you’ll be okay.
But First, A Quick Antibiotic Lesson
There are two basic types of antibiotics: Broad-spectrum antibiotics and Narrow spectrum antibiotics. Think of it as a frag grenade versus a well-placed sniper shot.
Broad-spectrum antibiotics kill most types of bacteria.
Doctors use these antibiotics when they can’t name that dog. If they don’t know what kind of bacteria they need to kill, broad-spectrum antibiotics kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out.
Broad-spectrum antibiotics are a good plan for those people who come into the ER so sick that antibiotics need to be getting to work within minutes and hours.
It’s also a good plan for a layperson who knows that he or she has a bad bacteria but has no clue which bug is trying to kill him or her.
The drawback with these is that your body plays the part of God and has to sort ‘em out. Your body has to deal with a system that doesn’t have good, bad, or ugly bacteria in or on it anymore.
Good bacteria does the following:
- It helps the skin stay healthy and keep the bad stuff out.
- Live in your gut and break down food so that you can absorb those nutrients.
- Act as an antibiotic of sorts by competing with and crowding out harmful bacteria.
The body has a lot of bacteria that are necessary for you to survive. Broad-spectrum antibiotics kill the good guys and the bad guys.
What can result from wiping out all your bacteria?
- Vaginal yeast infections. Good luck getting cranberry juice and yogurt in the SHTF world.
- Thrush. That’s a yeast infection in your mouth. Yuck.
- Clostridium difficile “C-diff” an opportunist bacteria that grows when the good stuff disappears and causes terrible diarrhea. It kills 29,000 people every year.
All that besides the normal side effects that antibiotics have, like diarrhea (which actually evens out the constipation of a straight MRE diet), rash, and nausea.
Narrow spectrum antibiotics kill certain bacteria. In cases where the doctor is confident which bacteria needs treatment, these are the smart choice.
Narrow spectrum antibiotics will spare your good bacteria and keep you in the fight.
I don’t recommend stocking up on these because you’re not very likely to be able to identify your killer germ without some pretty good medical knowledge or a still working WebMD.
There are exceptions. You can research which of these medications might be worth trying for which bacterial infections.
Azithromycin, for example, is a go-to for sinus infections. Did you know that some of your sinuses are separated from your brain by mere millimeters of bone tissue?
You should now be asking: How do I get survival antibiotics? You know…legally, without lying to my doctor.
Here’s Your Answer To The Survival Antibiotics Problem
The easy answer is fish antibiotics.
If you don’t want to bank on the lifesaving capabilities of a lump of clay, a good fever, and some hope, stock up on fish antibiotics.
You don’t need a prescription or even pocket medically prescribed antibiotics that were given to you for a real illness.
You just need to look online and make an order. Or go to your local pet store.
Fish antibiotics aren’t controlled substances, so you shouldn’t be given the third degree for buying survival antibiotics from the pet store clerks.
Just tell them that you need fish antibiotics, fish mox, fish-cillin, or fish-cin, or whichever survival antibiotic you decide is right for you and your family.
However, bird antibiotics are a good option, too.
Click here to see how many survival antibiotics are readily available online.
I suggest that you do some research yourself, this article is NOT medical advice, always discuss your personal health situation with a medical professional.
Know your allergies and the allergies of the people that you’ll be in charge of keeping alive. For example, if you have a penicillin allergy in the house, stay away from anything that ends with cillin.
Know the doses that you’ll need for various illnesses and keep the list with the survival antibiotics in a cool, dry place.
Also, doses of medications vary by person and by disease treated.
For example, amoxicillin for a throat infection might be 250mg three times a day for seven days.
For a dental abscess, 500mg three times a day for five days. However, if you have kids, know that the doses will change as they grow.
I have fish flex and fish myosin. My wife is allergic to sulfa, so BIRD SULFA is not an option for her.
Note: Most sites discuss in legal jargon that these products are not for human consumption and at the same time tell you that they are the exact same drug that your doctor prescribes with the same stringent FDA regulations.
Amoxicillin is good for a strep throat, dental infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and sometimes bladder infections.
Skin infections, staph infections, sinus infections, bladder infections, bronchitis, Sty (eye) infection, and other chronic health conditions.
Bladder infections and an Anthrax episode.
Please note, yes I have seen the Facebook article about the woman who used Cipro and had complications. Very sad story. I don’t know all the details, but I do know it is a good antibiotic for some people. It works great for me.
Strep throat, sinus infections, Bronchitis, and Tonsilitis.
Pneumonia, ultimate Diverticulitis medicine, and worst sinus infection.
The 7 Best Fish Antibiotics
1. Ciprofloxacin – Known as “Fish Flox.” This is the best antibiotic for curing urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, pneumonia), prostate infections, bacterial diarrhea, anthrax, and diverticulitis. Never have pregnant women, nursing mothers, or children take ciprofloxacin.
2. Metronidazole – When taken with Fish Flox (ciprofloxacin), this is the best antibiotic for treating diverticulitis and colitis. Without the ciprofloxacin pairing, metronidazole (also known as “Fish Zole”) works against anaerobic bacteria in the intestine and helps with bacterial vaginosis, meningitis, diabetic foot ulcers, bone and joint infections, brain and lung abscesses, and other infections. Like ciprofloxacin, this cannot be taken by children, pregnant, or nursing women.
3. Amoxicillin – Usually sold as “Fish Mox,” amoxicillin works on a similar vein of penicillin and cephalexin by tackling respiratory infections, like bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, as well as middle ear infections. Amoxicillin is safe for pregnant women and children, but some people are allergic to it. In that case, consider number 4 on the list.
4. Erythromycin – Similar to amoxicillin in use but safe for those with penicillin and amoxicillin allergies. Pregnant women and children can use it as well. Erythromycin treats respiratory infections and middle ear infections as well as syphilis, Lyme disease, and chlamydia. That said, while it may seem like the perfect antibiotic to store, there are several possible side effects including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
5. Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim – Also known as “Bird Sulfa” or “SMZ-TMP.” These are two separate antibiotics that need to be taken together for maximum effectiveness. When combined, SMZ-TMP treats most respiratory infections, but the main purpose is for UTIs. For survivalists, SMZ-TMP is prized for its ability to treat methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is usually resistant to many antibiotics.
6. Azithromycin – This one is kind of expensive due to rarity, but if you can get your hands on it, you will not regret it. It is a cure-all. Azithromycin treats respiratory infections, chlamydia, Lyme disease, PID, syphilis, typhoid, and malaria. The chance of side effects is small but may include abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea. When searching the web for stock, use the name “Zithromax.”
7. Ampicillin – Though similar in makeup to penicillin, ampicillin is less likely to cause allergic reactions. Ampicillin, also known as “Fish Cillin,” is actually more effective against anthrax. Use it for respiratory tract infections, bacterial meningitis, UTIs, gastrointestinal infections, salmonellosis, and endocarditis. Pregnant and nursing women can use ampicillin.
The downside to any of these is that they need refrigeration to extend their shelf life, so you may want to consider building some kind of natural refrigeration system, like a zeer pot, to keep them cool should electricity be lost. While it is not necessary, you want to make sure these antibiotics stay usable for as long as possible. But, the good news is that even beyond the expiration date, these remain good for a year.
Help! Where Can You Buy These?
You will rarely find fish and bird antibiotics available on Amazon, but there are survivalist and camping websites out there that can fulfill your needs. Some of these online stores will not ship outside of specific regions, so keep that in mind. Many people do report simply going to the pet store to by Fish Flox, Fish Cillin, Bird and Fish Sulfa, and Fish Mox, which makes sense because these are indeed intended for fish, not human use. However, just because it says “not intended for human use,” does not mean the ingredients are not the same.
WARNING! Antibiotic Resistance Is a Huge Problem
Superbugs are on the prowl and could lead us to a SHTF world. Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem and is more likely to destroy life as we know it than nuclear annihilation.
In fact, when you search for antibiotics online, much of what you’ll find will be articles about the danger we face as a society because of our overuse of antibiotics.
The main reason for this is the inappropriate use of antibiotics. Doctors prescribe them for viruses because patients don’t want to hear, “It’s a virus. Drink fluids and rest.”
Patients take seven days of antibiotics instead of the prescribed ten days because they feel better.
What happens then? All that’s left at the end of seven days are the bacteria that were able to resist the seven-day onslaught. The tough ones. The superbugs.
Plus, those germs recover and reproduce. Now we have MRSA, VRSA. Acronyms for bacteria so tough to kill that killing them may kill you in the process.
Bottom Line: Do not use your fish antibiotics to turn yourself into your own doctor!
Recognizing that a red line going up your arm as a bacterial infection does not put the M.D. behind your name.
Go to the doctor!
Your problem may require more attention than a dozen FISH-MOX survival antibiotics.
Do some additional research. Know your medications and their limitations.
For example, most medications you can double the expiration date. If it expires in two years, it’s probably good for four. But know before you take liberties.
Tetracycline, for example, becomes toxic to your kidneys after it has expired.
Before the SHTF, while we still live in a world that people are going to school for eight years to learn this stuff, you should not play doctor with your or your family’s health just because you read an article on the internet. If you take antibiotics wrong, you might be the one that creates the Superbug.
Don’t be Patient Zero.
Don’t Be The One That Makes The Shit Hit The Fan.
However, after SHTF when doctors and medical supplies are rare (or non-existent) you better have a stash of survival antibiotics lying around for that sinus infection…just in case.
Plus, survival antibiotics will make an excellent survival bartering item. Just imagine how much your neighbor with a severe infection will trade you for a few fish antibiotics.
“The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.“
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