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Doctor insights on: Amoxicillin Viral Infection

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Is viral infection contagious?

Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...Read more

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Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep test and/or culture can help diagnose strep throat, to determine whether antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Virus or bacterial infection?

Virus or bacterial infection?

Yes?: What is the question? Both viruses and bacteria and other types of organisms can produce infection. If you have a specific issue, write back. ...Read more

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Antibiotic for respiratory tract infection?

Antibiotic for respiratory tract infection?

MostCausedByVirusBut: Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses like UpperRespiratory Infections and Bronchitis Lower Respiratory Tract infections like Pnumonia and some cases of Bronchitis are caused by Bacteria and different antibiotocs are used depending on the type of infection Pneomococcal infection can be treated with Levaquin (levofloxacin) or Zithromax,And others like legionaires disease are treated with Antibiotics ...Read more

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Antibiotics for throat infection?

Antibiotics for throat infection?

Not always, but migh: Antibiotics are not always necessary for the treatment of throat infections. Pharyngitis and tonsilitis are also commonly virals and antibiotics are not necessary. They might even produce side effects worsening an infection that could improve spontaneously.Antibiotics should always be presribed under physician supervision. Multiple factors influence this decision. Always consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Is bronchitis bacterial or viral?

Usually viral: Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses, typically the same viruses that cause colds and influenza. The most common cause of chronic bronchitis is smoking cigarettes. Air pollution and dust or toxic gases in the environment or workplace also can contribute to the condition. Antibiotics as a whole are overprescribed in bronchitis, though sometimes it is warranted. ...Read more

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Could antibiotics help viral bronchitis?

Could antibiotics help viral bronchitis?

No: No viral bronchitis has to run it's course - symptomatic relief is given with cough suppressants and decongestants. ...Read more

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What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

What is the bacterial infection scarlet fever?

Strep: Scarlet fever is a rash produced by a toxin secreted by group a strep usually when they are causing strep throat. The rash is red, feels like sandpaper, may predominate in creases in the skin, there is sparing around the outside of the mouth (circumoral pallor), and it blanches with pressure. ...Read more

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Is prednisone for viral or bacterial lung infection?

For none: Prednisone is not for any type of infection; in fact it can increase the risk and severity of infection. ...Read more

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Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Is bacterial pneumonia contagous?

Not generally: It will obviously depend upon the organism causing the pneumonia and the extent of exposure and your immune status. The short answer is that if this is streptococcus pneumoniae, the most common bacterial pneumonia, as a general rule something in your system predisposes you to this and it is likely to already be resident in the back of the throat. ...Read more

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Is bronchitis a bacteria infection or a viral infection?

Is bronchitis a bacteria infection or a viral infection?

Either...: Acute bronchitis could be due to either a bacterial or viral infection whereas chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is due to smoking. ...Read more

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Throat/bronchial infection treatable with amoxacillin?

Throat/bronchial infection treatable with amoxacillin?

Not usually: Most throat and and bronchial infections are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated with antibiotics. In those cases, Amoxicillin is a placebo. However, it would work if you had strep throat. ...Read more

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Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Does augmentine treat ear infection than amoxicillin?

Both do: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is Amoxicillin combined with clavulanic acid which broadens the kinds of bacteria that can be treated by the antibiotic. Most ear infections can be treated with high dose Amoxicillin and Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is usually reserved for patients with recent ear infections or an infection that has not responded to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Bacterial infection from endoscopy?

Highly unlikely: Unless there was penetration of the tube being endoscoped (colon, stomach, small bowel, other) it would be remarkably unusual to acquire infection from these devices. ...Read more

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Does Amoxcillin help both bacteria and viral infections? And can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) with Amoxcillin if need to?

Does Amoxcillin help both bacteria and viral infections? And can I take tylenol (acetaminophen) with Amoxcillin if need to?

No ma'am: Amoxicillin is similar to penicillin, but is slightly more broad, meaning that it kills a few more species of bacteria than penicillin. It is only antibacterial so it has no known antiviral activity. Yes you can take tylenol, (acetaminophen) but never exceed labeled recs. Both drugs are metabolized by the liver. Feel better!!! ...Read more

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My daughter is 11 months old and has had a fever for over 24hrs I took her to the ER last night and they said she may have a ear and viral infection they gave me amoxicillian and informed me to give her tylonal and motrin every other 4 hrs its not decreas

My daughter is 11 months old and has had a fever for over 24hrs I took her to the ER last night and they said she may have a ear and viral infection they gave me amoxicillian and informed me to give her tylonal and motrin every other 4 hrs its not decreas

Good news/bad news: The good news is you had your daughter seen & they didn't find a terrible problem. The bad news is that many viral illnesses will have fever as part of their natural course & meds may not alter the fever. The fever is not destructive, it is a sign the body recognizes illness & speeds up it's metabolism to fight it. I would concentrate more on assuring good fluid intake to avoid dehydration. ...Read more

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Can augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) cause a non-allergenic rash if pt has virus infection due to viral antibodies?

Can augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) cause a non-allergenic rash if pt has virus infection due to viral antibodies?

Yes: Yes, but it doesn't depend on a viral infection. Many meds, including antibiotics like Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (amoxicillin/clavulanate) can cause bothersome rashes like contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction) or urticaria (hives). Less frequently & much more serious, it (like other meds) can cause a skin reaction called erythema multiforme and stevens-johnson syndrome requiring immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Both my kids have a viral infection. They were prescribed amoxicillin and prednisolone. Their body temp is reading 96°f auxiliary. Is this normal?

Both my kids have a viral infection. They were prescribed amoxicillin and prednisolone.  Their body temp is reading 96°f auxiliary. Is this normal?

Odd treatment: Viruses don't respond to antibiotics, so it is unclear why they are being used. Axillary temps are generally at least a degree below core temperature. I wouldn't consider it anything bad. ...Read more

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18 mo old, 101+ temp, rr 39, no dyspnea, lethargic, vomited 4x this am, loose stool x1, taking amoxicillin for recently diagnosed ear/sinus infection. Is this viral or should I see md?

Diarrhea due to meds: If your toddler has never had amox before , diarrhea sometimes can be due to antibiotics. Vomitting may be associated with the ear infection. If his fever gets higher with continued vomitting and increased resp rate, best to see md ...Read more

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How come I have recurring viral infections?

How come I have recurring viral infections?

Immune system: Some people are prone to certain types of infections due to their immune composition. Rarely people can have immune disorders, but this is usually diagnosed early in life. ...Read more

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What is a viral infection?

From a virus: Infections most often are either bacterial ( ie strep throat) or viral ( ie the flu, the common cold) Bacterial infections are treatment with antibiotics which kill or harm the bacteria allowing your immune syst to destroy the rest. Viruses run their course are not harmed by antibiotics and make you ill for a week or more. ...Read more

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What is systemic viral infection?

What is systemic viral infection?

A pattern: In general a bacteria,like a staph abscess, enters the body and attacks a specific region or site, spreading locally. Viruses usually enter the body through the soft tissue of the oral cavity, eyes or nose.Viruses must enter tissue to survive and reproduce, then spread to the blood where they can quickly spread to all areas of the body, where it can trigger "systemic" symptoms. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of viral infection?

What are symptoms of viral infection?

Where?: Viral infection of the upper respiratory tract would include sinus congestion, runny nose, etc, with fever and aches. Viral gastroenteritis would be fever, nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the causes of viral infections in infants?

Viral Infections: Viruses are living material that may cause illness spread generally from person to person thru several mechanisms including close contact.Avoidance of ill people and good handwashing are factors in preventing spread. ...Read more

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Is viral infection contagious?

Depends on the virus: But most spread from person to person by one route or another. ...Read more

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Do steroids cure a viral infection?

No: Steroids are used to treat inflammation, which is often a symtpom of viral infections, but by definition do not "cure" viral infections. Some anti-viral medications will help slow and shorten the progression of viral illnesses. Rest, plenty of fluids, and supportive measures go a long way to help fight off viral infections as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can viral infection cause dizziness?

Yes: A viral infection can affect the body in many ways. When you have flu symptoms you feel weak and ache and get dizzy. This is caused by the body's reaction. Inflammation of the ear can make you dizzy, and inflammation of the brain can make you dizzy. Best to have a thorough examination to be sure a more serious process is not taking place. ...Read more

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What causes viral infections in the eyes?

What causes viral infections in the eyes?

Viruses: Many types of viruses are known to cause eye infections. Many are the same ones that cause colds. ...Read more

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What viral infections can affect the brain?

What viral infections can affect the brain?

Many: There a large number if viral infections that can affect the brain - a few included here are: measles, chicken pox, herpes, HIV and most of the mosquito borne illness that cause encephalitis like arboviral encephalitides: west nile, st. Louis, la crosse, japanese, eastern and western encephalitis viruses. Also, other mosquito borne illness like dengue fever, malaria, rift valley & yellow fevers. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a viral infection faster?

How to get rid of a viral infection faster?

Viral infection: Depending upon the virus there is often very little available to alter the course of illness unless this is a herpes virus, influenza virus, hepatitis b or c, HIV or other retroviruses. The average viral infection will just have to run its course and be treated symptomatically. ...Read more

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How can the immune system fight a viral infection?

Several: When the body encounters a virus, it may mount multiple responses to it. This include the production of specific antibody, activation of the body's killer cells, production of mediators such as interferons- just to name a few. ...Read more

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How do I treat a wet cough after a viral infection.

Time and rest: You have a upper viral infection causing a wet cough. You body is responding to the infection by producing mucus. Rest and time are still the best medicine. Make sure you don't have a secondary bacterial infection on top of the viral infection. Fevers should be gone and energy level normal. Make sure not allergies. ...Read more

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What would I take for upper respiratory viral infection?

You may use any: analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen provided you drink plenty of liquids. You can take antihistamines at night to help dry up secretions (like nasal) and cough suppressants to help with cough. You can use nasal sprays for congestion, and most of all you should use garlic to help prevent these viral infections in the future. ...Read more

Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more