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Why does it take so long for antibiotics to cure a prostate infection

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricio Gargollo
20 years experience in Pediatric Urology
Takes some time: The prostate gland is hard to reach by antibiotics so it takes some time to treat these infections.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Chinn
37 years experience in Urology
Acute vs chronic: Acute- usually 10-14 days of antibiotics vs chronic - 6-12 weeks of therapy with ~50/50 chance of long-term "cure.".
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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Talk with doctor: You should have felt at least somewhat better in a week or two. Talk to your doctor about trying other antibiotic like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or other ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Prostate infections: Prostate infections come in 2 forms: acute (with high fever, shaking chills, generalized weakness and perineal pain) and chronic. The chronic form is ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience in Family Medicine
3 to 7 days: Depends on how frequent or susceptible you are to uti's. For many people a 3 day supply of antibiotics is enough to rid the problem. For others it o ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends on where it : Is vagina or vulva or both, and what type u have there are 4 diff types , albicans is the most common 80% now there is a one day cream script gynazole ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience in Urology
Thanks for asking!: If truly a simple, uncomplicated UTI (females)and have been placed on the appropriate antibiotic, 1-3 days of antibiotic will usually kill the bacteri ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
13 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Depends: Uncomplicated bladder infections can be treated in 3 days. Complicated upper utis can require upto 14 days of IV antibiotics.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience in Dermatology
Staph Infection: Staph infections have been increasing resistant to certain antibiotics, it is important to tell your doctor about your results so that they can prescr ... Read More
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience in Pediatrics
2-3 days: Most yeast infections will begin to resolve (improve) about 2-3 days after treatment has been started. They can be recurrent, especially if medicati ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Omnicef (cefdinir): This oral cephalosporin antibiotic can be used to treat UTI depending upon the causative organism and its sensitivities. For uncomplicated cystitis a ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Beard
24 years experience in Urogynecology
48 hours : Usually but complete 3-5 days of antibiotic.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Keller
44 years experience in Dentistry
Depends: Usually Clindamycin is used to treat anaerobic (no oxygen) bacteria. You don't want to stay on any antibiotic for longer than prescribed. If you sti ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends.: Most "sinus infections" are actually caused by viral symptoms so wouldn't be helped by abx to begin with. If you're not feeling better after 2-3 days ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Estimate would be: 1-2 weeks depending on your response. Eat more fruits and veggies to boost your immune system. Any other condition like diabetes? Which can delay the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
See below: The primary treatment of an abscess is drainage. Antibiotics can effect improvement in the surrounding soft tissue infection in 2-4 days but drainage ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joe Littlejohn
25 years experience in Urology
Pyelonephritis : A two week course of the appropriate antibiotic is generally deemed sufficient to treat pyelonephritis (a kidney infection.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Bui answered
22 years experience in Dentistry
24 hours: The drug of choice for sinus infection is Levaquin (levofloxacin) and it should kick in after 24 hours.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Cannot answer: Unless we know what is being treated there is no way of knowing how long to treat for a cure.
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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience in Infectious Disease
Quickly: It takes just a few hours to kill the bacteria but the symptoms may lag behind.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
With antifungals: A yeast infection usually resolves in one to two weeks with appropriate treatment. It may take longer for those who are immunocompromised.
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Hacking
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Prostatitis: Most antibiotic treatments for prostatitis last 2-4 weeks.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Jones
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes, but: After finishing a 3 day yeast infection treatment most women will notice that most of their symptoms of itching and cottage cheese discharge have impr ... Read More
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