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An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get rid of the infection.
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See below: Depending on which illness you are being treated for, the choice of multiple antibiotics increases coverage of the multiple classes and kinds of bacteria that may be involved in your disease process. Also, multiple antibiotics can be used when the particular bacteria is partially resistant to one class but when more than one class is included, the resistance is overcome. ...Read more
No: Most children who use antibiotics do not get any reaction. Kids who do get reactions may get rashes, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting (other reactions are uncommon). Reactions usually go away shortly after the antibiotic is stopped. Any child who has some sort of "strange" reaction should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Topical antibiotic: A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best coverage to prevent infection. ...Read more
Topical or oral?: Usually you can get away with a topical antibiotic to treat these infections. Something like bactroban locally usually does the trick. However, if the infection is severe enough to warrant oral antibiotics, then keflex, Bactrim or Augmentin might be reasonable choices depending on how much MRSA is prevalent in your community. Your doc should know this and pick accordingly. ...Read more
Many reasons: 1) Several diseases we know now, are caused by non-bacterial microbes, therefore antibiotic (abx) are ineffective, 2) Using a lot of abx have led to the development of multidrug-resistant bacteria 3) Very little new abx are being developed due to costs associated to get government approval to use it, 4) We now appreciate that serious infections and side effects can occur with abx use. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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