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A 84-year-old male asked:

do i need to be taking an antibiotic ?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Need more informatio: I cannot just answer if you need to take an antibiotic. What symptoms do you have, or what illness were you diagnosed with? We would need lots more information before deciding if any types of medication is warranted. Please resubmit question with much more detailed information. Have a great 2021!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't know.: There isn't adequate information to answer your question.

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Are antibiotics used for bleeding in the first trimester?

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No: Generally not, unless the bleeding is due to localized infection at the cervix (ie chlamydia). Bleeding in the first trimester is typically not an infectious process, and will not be affected by antibiotics.
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Dr. Kevin Daus commented
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Your question is vague because if you have an infection like Dr Fogelson mentions, then you need the antibiotic.
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How can you tell if a child is allergic to antibiotics?

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Rash: The most common allergic reactions to antibiotics include a rash (though not always). Rarely, a more serious reaction can include hives, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, and difficulty breathing. This rare but life threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can occur within a few minutes to an hour of taking the medication.
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I read that fosfomycin is not as effective as other antibiotics. Should I ask my doctor for another antibiotic?

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No: Fosfomycin is effective against certain types of bacteria. Every bacteria is sensitive to some antibiotics and resistant to others. Your doctor is choosing an antibiotic based on what bacteria you have.
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How effective is ciprofloxacin as anti biotic for uti. How long does it take to take effect?

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