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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can antibiotics cause secondary bacterial infections?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Complex answer: Antibiotics have a range of bacteria that they can kill; others outside that range are not so affected; some can become resistant to the antibiotic. If inappropriate ab is used, or taken wrong, e.g. Not as long as rx'd, can lead to more infection, with resistant germ. Bigger problem is overgrowth of a bacteria in gut (c. Difficile) during or after ab use-causes toxin and diarrhea; can be serious.
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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 43 years experience
Secondary infection: Not all bacterial respond to the same antibiotics. By taking an antibiotic, there is a risk that a non-susceptible bacteria species can thrive and cause a secondary infection. As antibiotics become more powerful, this is an increasing risk. One example of this is the overgrowth of clostridium difficile in the intestine in response to antibiotics used to treat another bacterial infection.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can bacterial infections be treated with antibiotics?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Many bacterial: infections can be treated with antibiotics. However, some infective agents may be drug resistant.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Vagnal bacterial infection what causes it?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
?? BV: If you are refering to bacterial vaginosus (bv), it is an overgrowth of gardnerella vaginalis, a bacteria present in the vagina in over 70% of women. When that bacteria overgrows, it typically cause a yellow, gray, or greenish discharge and a fishy odor. It is easy to treat, but sometimes will recur because the treatment does not eliminate the bacteria, it only restores the normal balance.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes bacterial infections?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Any contaminated: Bacteria is present everywhere and some are harmful. Some are transmitted from other people and others from having been in contact with a contaminated object, soil. Or water. The most worrisome type is MRSA often acquired from a hospital stay.
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