Antibiotic stories

Share your story

Do you work with antibiotics in your job? Have you a story to tell about antibiotics as a patient, carer or family member? Send us your story about antibiotics.

We are looking for people to share their lived experience of antibiotics as part of our contribution to raising awareness of the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

We will use the stories as a resource bank for schools, groups and the wider community.

I lived in Edinburgh and was expecting a baby. I was asked to go into hospital 5 weeks before she was due and unfortunately was put in a double room to share with another expectant mum who had a very bad cold, which of course I caught. Hospitals can be very noisy places, so I was relieved to be whisked off to the isolation ward to avoid anyone else catching it. It developed into a bad chest infection so ampicillin (derived from penicillin) was prescribed. By the time a darling little girl had been delivered, I was grateful my infection had been cleared up by the antibiotic – just as well, as for a baby to start life with a cold is not good news. However I had developed a fine, pink rash as unbeknown to me, I was allergic to ampicillin. By the time I went home with my new daughter, everyone said I looked very well. That was thanks to the healthy pink colour of my rash!