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Questions tagged [antibiotics]

A class of drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They function by inhibiting the growth of, or by killing bacteria.

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What to do if someone mistakenly ingests food contraindicated by medication requirements?

In the past I have read a couple of times that one should not consume milk-based-products when taking certain medication for a certain amount of time before and after taking the product. To be a ...
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Antibiotics only if fractured?

My 3 year old daughter got her pinky finger closed in the door last night. It broke the skin. We took her to urgent care and they did an x-ray. While waiting for the results, the tech said that if ...
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Demodex control with antibiotics: why and how?

Wikipedia says: Demodex folliculorum is a microscopic mite that can only survive on the skin of people. Most people have D. folliculorum on their skin. Usually, the mites do not cause any harm, ...
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Why should we finish antibiotic treatments in order to prevent antibiotics resistance?

I understand bacteria can mutate and develop resistance against antibiotics, but I do not understand how finishing an antibiotics treatment prevents this. In my simple thought process, when an ...
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why some pepoles are allergic to high dose [mg ] antibiotic

why some pepoles are allergic to high dose [mg ] antibiotics ? IS it because they have more body heat , when they take antibiotics , that will produce more heat in body which causes side effects ?
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Single antibiotic dose for infection prevention in teeth surgery: Bad idea? [closed]

I was given a single dose of (I think) amoxicillin before teeth surgery to prevent infection. Appartently this is a common and accepted practice. Doesn't this promote the development of antibiotic ...
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Why can chronic prostatitis not be cured simply with antibiotics?

Acute bacterial prostatitis can be cured with antibiotics while chronic prostatitis cannot be cured by antibiotics. Why is this the case?
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Do infected family members need to be treated with antibiotics at the same time?

When antibiotics become necessary I assume that the body can not kill the bacteria on its own and there are no useful anti bodies being built. So in a case where the child is treated with antibiotics ...
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Should mixtures of antibiotics become standard practice to curb antibiotic resistance?

Intuitively the standard practice of using only 1 antibiotic for a standard (non-resistant) infection poses the highest risk of developing resistance (because the bacterial population only has to beat ...
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Natural treatment of chronic prostatitis - Does herbal medicines have side affects?‏

I have had prostatitis for several years. Since almost all antibiotics were not helpful to me due to drug resistance, I am trying to find some natural treatment of chronic prostatitis, so I Googled ...
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Can acne bacteria become resistant to Clindamycin?

Clindamycinum is an antibiotic used to treat skin and vaginal infections. Can people use Clindamycinum for more than 60 days or will the bacteria become resistant to it?
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It is possible to kill staph. aureus in tonsils with antibiotics or citricidal? [closed]

It is possible to kill staph. aureus in tonsils with antibiotics? Because i ve heard that it just disappear for few days or weeks. But on the other hand i heard some people heal it with citricidal. ...
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Why stomach ulcer need more than one antibiotic at the same time?

Almost all treatment recommendation for gastritis, duodenitis or peptic ulcer that has Helicobacter pylori, calls for 2 or 3 antibiotic at the same time, why is that ? Why not use a single effective ...
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Why should I avoid milk when on antibiotics?

I'm taking antibiotics (specifically, amoxicillin clavulanate) to fight off an ear infection. As she prescribed my antibiotics, my doctor told me not to eat milk products for a few days, then only eat ...
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APC cells - autoreactivity

How can APC cells become autoreactiv against own antigens if they only have PRR as recognition complexes - and are not under central/peripheral immune tolerance?
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Resistance of Bacteria to Antibiotics after fall-back

If an infection comes back a few weeks after taking antibiotics, because the full dose and prescribed amount of antibiotics wasn't taken, does this mean that the bacteria is now immune to that ...
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How to avoid general weakness when taking antibiotics

After taking antibiotics for a couple of days, I feel a general sense of weakness in my body. This includes physical weakness (tiredness, shortness of breath) and mental weakness (difficulty of ...
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How can you disinfect your laundry?

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Can using moisturiser make acne worse?

Over the last few weeks, I've started breaking out with medium-to-severe acne, and in an attempt to clear it up in the short-term I've been using the T-Zone Skin Clearing Face Moisturiser. However, I'...
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What are the reasons for the major decline in the rate of newly discovered antibiotics?

What are the reasons for the major decline in the rate of newly discovered antibiotics, which we have been experiencing over the last years?
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Does taking antibiotics make you immune to virus?

Let's say someone has a virus and the doctor prescribed him to take him antibiotics, while taking the antibiotics can he be effected with another type of virus or the antibiotics will make him immune ...
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Do antibiotics affect fertility and semen?

The situation was, that i got symptoms of mesadenit and had a pain in lymph nodes, and the doctor ( i live in Russia ) told me to take Levofloxacin 500mg 10 days ( from january 25 to about 3-4 ...
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How do doctors decide on the duration of an antibiotic regimen?

Many upper respiratory infections, otitis media in children, sinusitis and other infections, are treated with antibiotics (if these are bacterial infections, of course). Doctors usually prescribe a ...
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Is there any test to identify bacteria?

When I got some upper respiratory infection the doctor always prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics like amoxicillin. Is there any test to identify bacteria, and if so, why doesn't the doctor order ...
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How serious is the antibiotic resistance problem?

I found figures and numbers on CDC and WHO, while the general public may have little idea about those numbers, such as how many people "normally" die from such disease. Can anyone provide some easy-...
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How long can you take tetracycline in the treatment of acne?

I received a prescription on unidox solutab against staphylococcus. I've been taking this drug for 4 months and everything looked fine, acne disappeared 3 months ago. Now akne started to appear again ...
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What to do about a dental infection? [closed]

I have an infection in my gums, similar to the picture below. The 'pimple' has gotten bigger and than shrank back down but never disappeared.Mine being only one and much smaller. Besides taking ...
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Is it necessary to take antibiotics after medical/dental treatment?

Usually I don't take antibiotics when I take medicines according to a prescription. Is it necessary to take antibiotics when I am bleeding in my body, for example, in my gum or teeth? I thought I do ...
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If I take probiotics and antibiotics at the same time, which one wins?

Okay, I couldn't resist that title. Seriously though, since antibiotics can cause indigestion, many physicians recommend taking them with food (see How much food is necessary to buffer the stomach ...
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Why does overuse of antibiotics cause resistance?

The way I see it there are 2 cases: 1. The patient uses antibiotics and has an infection. 2. The patient does not have an infection and uses the antibiotics. For case 1, this is a legitimate use. ...
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Even topical tetracycline causes teeth discoloration?

I learned that tetracycline can cause tooth discoloratoin when taken orally. How about topical use as a creme? Can tetracycline also stain the tooth through skin absorption?
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Does antibiotics weaken immune system or causes Fever

If your popping antibiotics everyday, prescribed by your doctor though he asked you to revisit after two months and warned you to ignore any fever symptoms during these two months. I'm just wondering ...
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Saccharomyces boulardii with antibiotics. When to take?

On Saccharomyces boulardii leaflet it's written that it has to be taken on an empty stomach (at least 15 minutes before eating) but if it's to be taken with antibiotics then you should take them ...
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Do antibiotics contribute to bone healing?

Two weeks ago I broke my tibia in an accident. First I was taken to a hospital near the place where the accident happened, and the doctor gave me two options, either putting a plaster or inserting a ...
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Is the use of antibiotics justified for respiratory viral infections?

It is a widespread belief that antibiotics should not be used for treating viral infections, as they are effective against bacteria, not viruses (see e.g. http://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/). ...
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Effect of antibiotics on breastfed infant

My 9-month old son has been diagnosed with mild bronchiolitis and prescribed 5 days of Azithromycin (not so much to cure a virus-induced bronchiolitis, but in order to prevent possible pneumonia). ...
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Effect of milk on effectiveness of oral tetracycline

Tetracycline is known to be inhibited by calcium ions, and milk contains quite some calcium ions. What I want to ask is, to what extent does drinking milk affect the effectiveness of orally taken ...
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What is the safety margin on duration of an antibiotics (levofloxacin) treatment?

Recently I was prescribed an antibiotics (levofloxacin) treatment of 500mg daily for 7 days. Being in Indonesia the doctors generally don't give any information and I took my first dose at exactly the ...
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How does a MRSA test work?

Let's assume we have a patient with acute infection. The doctor suspects MRSA. A culture is taken, brought to the lab, and then what? I'm interested to hear what are the usual steps a laboratory ...
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Cough treatment with well-understood mechanism of action

The medicines for cough threatment can be attributed to several classes: antibiotics and antiviral drugs mucolytics antitussives expectorants bronchodilators Are there any other means of cough ...
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Administering Anti-biotics to elderly people

Is there anything wrong in administering antibiotics to a patient as old as 65, twice within 2 months? The patient had boil in the arm-pit the first time and was required to take the antibiotics, 4 ...
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Breakthrough bleeding and antibiotics

Can antibiotics cause breaktrough-bleeding? Should birth-control pills be stopped when taking antibiotics?
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How far should I go to avoid antiboitics?

We know (or should know) that the overuse of antibiotics is causing a rise in "superbugs" that are resistant to them. This means that we should avoid using them when we don't need to, for example, in ...
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Why does my antibiotic make my urine yellow?

When I was given antibiotics for fever by my doctor, I noticed that my urine is unusually yellow. Why is that?