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Amoxicillin For Boils
Cloxacillin: Boils are usually caused by staphylococcus aureus. Over 90% of s.Aureus are resistant to Amoxicillin while depending on the local amount of mrsa, cloxacillin will be active against 60-70% of s.Aureus. All MRSA will be resistant to both these drugs. Mrsa is usually treated orally with septra/bactrim, Doxycycline or clindamycin. ...Read more
No: Boils will frequently resolve with hot salt water soaks until they drain. Boils are usually caused by staphylococcus aureus. Over 90% of s.Aureus are resistant to amoxicillin. Dicloxicillin or Keflex would be effective against mssa. Mrsa is usually treated orally with septra/bactrim, Doxycycline or clindamycin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an awful boil on my ankle, with a second one appearing now on my back. I was prescribed amoxicillin and am wondering if its the right antib. ?
May be resistant: Bacteria that cause skin boils are often resistant to penicillin and amoxicillin. A patient with skin boils can call the doctor again and ask about fast the boils should be going away, and when the doctor would want to recheck the infection to see if stronger (less resistant) antibiotics would be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I always get boils and one time they gave me medicine to take for them. I have one now and I went in my medicine cabinet and I have amoxicillin and clindamycin. which one is for them?
Caution: I would choose Clindamycin over Amox as I suspect you have MRSA .... BUT it is very unwise to take old medicines and left over meds means you didn't complete the original treatment. Not taking the full course of antibiotics only partially treats the germ - kills the weak ones and teaches the strong ones to fight harder next time. Soon the meds may not work. See your MD to get full course again. http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/ ...Read more
No: This is way to difficult to do looking in a mirror, i would be concerned that you could do quite a bit of damage in your attempt. This is a dental problem, you need to see your dentist asap to determine the exact cause of your abscess and perform the correct treatment and only prescribe the correct dose of the right medication. See photo, this is a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The "gum boil" is the result of infection trying to move to the area of least resistance. If you pop it at home without supervision then you risk spreading the infection. Amoxicillin typically takes 2 - 3 days to work. If it is not painful then be patient for a couple of days, it may go away. If not call your healthcare provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer