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Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Depends: Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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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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I suspect antibiotics were given to me as a prophylactic for splinter induced skin infection. I took one; infection didn't occur. Can I stop?

Depends: If you had the injury several days ago and antibiotic was prescribed at that time and now you are okay with no signs of infection then you can stop it. You are not using it anyway. ...Read more

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On average, how long does it take for an oral antibiotic for a skin infection take to take effect?

On average, how long does it take for an oral antibiotic for a skin infection take to take effect?

Hard to say!: There are lots of different germs that can cause infections. No antibiotic helps them all. Doctors make an educated guess of which antibiotic has a good chance of working, (depending on location, health of person & symptoms of the infection), if they don't take a sample for culture, That drug may be effective, partially effective or ineffective, only time will tell. F/u if no change at all in 2-3 d ...Read more

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I have a stubborn skin infection that has been treated with antibiotics for 4 weeks now. No improvement. What could my dr try next? I am concerned

Need right diagnosis: Diagnosis needs to be re-evaluated. Maybe it is not infection. Was a culture taken or any other test to confirm that this is an infection. If it is an infection, it is essential to determine what type: bacteria, fungus, virus etc. The diagnosis should be as specific as possible so that proper treatment can be obtained. Sometimes an incision is needed to drain the infection out. Discuss with your d. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?

I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?

Depends: It would depend on the type of penicillin allergy you had and the type of skin infection. If you just had a rash from penicillin and you do not have an MRSA infection cephalosporins like Keflex would be fine. If immediate hypersensitivity to penicillin, clindamycin, Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) would be options. ...Read more

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I have Nexplanon and I was just prescribed an antibiotic because I have a skin infection and they just cut it open and stuffed it.

I have Nexplanon and I was just prescribed an antibiotic because I have a skin infection and they just cut it open and stuffed it.

Question?: I'm not certain what your question is but the effectiveness of Nexplanon should not be effected by antibiotics, however, if the infection was at the site of the Nexplanon and that was where your skin was cut open and packed there may be some real concern. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have been prescribed the antibiotic zimivir1000 for a skin infection and I am trying to fall pregnant, is this safe to take? Thanks

Maybe ok: Zimivir is not a U.S. Medication. Some websites say zimivir is acyclovir, which is used to treat herpes. Acyclovir is considered safe to take during pregnancy. One should ask the prescribing doctor about it. ...Read more

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I have red spots that came out on me, I had 1 b4 & it was a skin infection &I have cream for. Only some itch sometimes? Is it the infection spreadin?

I have red spots that came out on me, I had 1 b4 & it was a skin infection &I have cream for. Only some itch sometimes? Is it the infection spreadin?

Unfortunately: Physicians can't really make that determination here on the answer questions forum. The red spots could be an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis) for all we know. Without examining it and getting further history we can't give a definitive answer other than if it is worsening you need to see your primary doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Would steroid cream or steroids help or hurt a MRSA skin infection? Can I assume if steroids worked it's not mrsa?

Would steroid cream or steroids help or hurt a MRSA skin infection? Can I assume if steroids worked it's not mrsa?

NO!!: If you truly have a MRSA infection, antibiotics may the best pathway for healing. Steroids can make things worse. You should see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and make the correct treatment. ...Read more

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Fungal skin infection. What creams are as good as or better than daktacort. My rashes seem to have got worse rapidly?

Med not the problem?: There are dozens of alternative antifungal preparations. However, often failure is due to problem with the medication reaching the fungus rather than which antifungal med used. You may do better with cream than ointment; you may need 3 or 4 times a day instead of twice; the problem may be something more than just a fungus. If initial therapy fails, best to ask pharmacist or doctor for recommend. ...Read more

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I have a horrible skin infection itchy puss filled spots it comes and goes. Been using anti fungal cream. Wondering what to do?

I have a horrible skin infection itchy puss filled spots it comes and goes. Been using anti fungal cream. Wondering what to do?

Skin infection: Fungal infections can cause pustules and boils on the skin, but more often it is a bacterial infection which needs antibiotics. Antifungal creams would not help. Other conditions that cause result in pustules include psoriasis, reactions to medications, acne, other inflammatory conditions. Please see a dermatologist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long until should I take an antibiotic for skin infection until it s safe to assume it is not working and I should contact my physician?

How long until should I take an antibiotic for skin infection until it s safe to assume it is not working and I should contact my physician?

See below: If you have no apparent improvement within 3-5 days or if the area appears to be, worsening or other significant symptoms, get rechecked. The antibiotic may not be covering a resistant species. ...Read more

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On fungus skin infection with swelling if we use steroid cream, what will be result It Increase Infection with 1)More Swelling OR 2)Decrease Swelling?

On fungus skin infection with swelling if we use steroid cream, what will be result It Increase Infection with 1)More Swelling OR 2)Decrease Swelling?

Double-edged Sword: Initially steroid cream can reduce inflammation and swelling from a cutaneous fungal infection. However, with persistent use, steroids can reduce your body's immune system leading to worsening of fungal infection. Prolonged steroid cream use can also cause atrophy and discoloration of skin. ...Read more

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I want to know the best cream or drugs for my scars at my legs due to the skin infection.

I want to know the best cream or drugs for my scars at my legs due to the skin infection.

Scars: Talk to your doctor. Sometimes laser treatments can greatly improve the appearance of scars. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic should be given to a patient with low white blood count and who has high ALT for complicated skin infection? Is Klaricid fine?

Which antibiotic should be given to a patient with low white blood count and who has high ALT for complicated skin infection? Is Klaricid fine?

Need ID specialist: There are a number of newer, more potent antibiotics available. In view of the other medical problems present, you should ask for a consultation or referral to an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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I have candid skin infection on the inner thigh and buttocks, I was on antibiotic treatment but I have taken forcan drugs still it's not decreased?

I have candid skin infection on the inner thigh and buttocks, I was on antibiotic treatment but I have taken forcan drugs still it's not decreased?

Candida: If truly candida infection (yeast) antibiotics will not help. Antifungal will. clotrimazole, ketoconazole, ciclopirox. Please review diagnosis with your treating provider. If it is truly a candida infection, antibiotics won't help unless there is a bacterial infection present with the candida infection. In that case need antibiotic and antifungal treatment at same time. Hope this helps. Dr R ...Read more

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I have a tooth infection. I am on smz-tmp-400 2@day and azithromycin 500mg. 1@day will this help the tooth infection? I have lupus and have to be careful of infections. This is why the two antibiotics for other issues. One is for a skin infection and the

I have a tooth infection. I am on smz-tmp-400 2@day and azithromycin 500mg. 1@day will this help the tooth infection? I have lupus and have to be careful of infections. This is why the two antibiotics for other issues. One is for a skin infection and the

Temporary relief: Antibiotics can start providing relief anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. If you don't have any relief by 72 hours you should call your dentist as you might need a different antibiotic or an emergency dental treatment. For temporary relief you can take OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen). The only way to cure a dental infection is with dental treatment. ...Read more

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Is there an antibiotic to prevent common skin infections?

Except under...: ...Very specific circumstances, antibiotics are used to treat infections, not prevent them. The use of antibiotics when no antibiotic susceptible infection is present is probably responsible for the increase in drug resistant bacterial infections. The best prevention for common skin infections is good hygiene. ...Read more

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Can skin infections be treated with medication other than anti-biotics? Possibly with gabapentin or something similar?

Can skin infections be treated with medication other than anti-biotics? Possibly with gabapentin or something similar?

Generally not: To my knowledge Gabapentin does not treat skin infections. Properly selected and dosed antibiotics are probably the best approach along w/environmental measures. For example, staph infections often respond better when pts use a dilute bleach solution to cleanse their skin til the infection resolves. ...Read more

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How can get you get a skin Infection?

Break in skin: Any break in the skin can allow bacteria in. Why do you ask? ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more