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Antibiotic Kill Bacteria
As antibiotic kill bacteria and endotoxin is released when bacteria die, won't it worsen fever or cause mild sepsis?
I have prostatitis. I am taking an antibiotic course. I wanna know how will antibiotics kill bacteria if they hide in prostate tissue?
I have prostatitis (bacterial). I am taking an antibiotic course. I want to know how will antibiotics kill bacteria if they hide in prostate tissue?
Prostatitis meds: Hopefully your doctor considered which antibiotics are able to cross into the prostate since u are right- the prostate has a capsule around it that protects it. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin) are commonly used antibiotics for this indication. Treatment needs to be quite long- hope u get some relief. ...Read more
If the well used antibiotic kills all bacteria which participate in infection e.g. sinus infection?
Resubmit: Please have a translator resubmit your question. Unable to answer as is. ...Read more
I've had UTI's before and I know the symptoms. I take an antibiotic to kill bacteria after sex. I don't have urgency but I feel weird down there. UTI?
Weird Down There: Weird is not in any way a medical word. It is not descriptive or specific enough to even begin to comment on medically. ...Read more
Is it true that if you are on antibiotics they kill the bacteria in your stomach, if so should you eat yogurt?
I'm pregnant with group b strep. Terrified something bad will happen to my baby. Antibiotics will kill the bacteria so she will be safe, right?
Relax/so common: GBS is a common inhabitant of the poop and female genital tract. About 30% will be positive on screening at any point & it comes & goes, often without treatment. Oral antibiotics do not end your potential to carry it so those who screen positive are given IV antibiotics (higher dose) while in labor to protect baby. ...Read more
I took amoxicillin and levofloxacin for getting ride of h.pylori. It has been 2 months now I still lose appetite. Does antibiotic kill hungry bateria?
No: Taking antibiotics long term is not good for you. Antibiotics will reduce the numbers of "good" bacteria in your body as well as the bad. Why are you taking frequent antibiotics? Antibiotics will not kill plaque bacteria streptococcus mutans in your mouth. The only way to stop dental decay is through frequent brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist at least every 6 months. ...Read more
This is a common RX: Depending on the type of acne, the use of antibiotic solutions or oral antibiotics are sometimes used as part of treatment. The drawback is the skin germs can become resistant to whatever is being used at the time which leads to treatment failure. Find a skin doc you can work with and come up with a treatment plan you can work with. ...Read more
My doctor prescribed me cefurolsine and chlorquinaldol-promestrine in treating bacterial vaginiosis. Shold these medicies be combined with any vitamine? I have heard that antibiotics kill even the good bacteria and vitamine b may help in this case.
Antibiotics can kill gram negative bacteria but symptoms of fever and low blood pressure can persist why?
Antibiotics can kill gram-negative bacteria, but symptoms of fever and low blood pressure can persist--why is this?
Other Causes: Has enough time elapsed for the antibiotics to work? Were you given the correct or best antibiotic? Certain antibiotics work on some gram (+) bacteria, others on gram (-) bacteria or a combination of (+) and (-). Not only are there bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but your symptoms might last longer than the actual bacteria. Cultures can be taken to see which antibiotics should be effective. ...Read more
Does 50mg dose of doxycycline taken once daily for a month have a antibacterial effect? Or only anti inflammatory? I have had perioral dermatitis for 2 years and am wondering if the antibiotics will kill my gut bacteria or only be anti inflammatory
50 mg of doxycycline: Taken daily is not sufficient to treat infection, probably not sufficient to kill off intestinal bacteria and has minimal anti-inflammatory effect. However, low dose exposure to antibiotics can promote antibiotic resistance. A better approach is intermittent topical steroids, daily multivitamin, skin & lip lubrication and avoiding acidic or spicy food and salted snacks. ...Read more
Don't expect using: Listerine after the fact to protect you from becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Abstinence is the only sure way not to get an infection. Protection can also be used with oral sex. Oral sex has potential to transmit a number of sti's. Herpes simplex, hiv, hpv, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis ; hepatitis can be spread via oral sex. ...Read more
They Adapt!: Antibiotic resistance is a type of drug resistance where the bacteria no longer are succeptible to the drug. This usually occurs when the microorganism mutates its dna to be able to "inactivate" the medication. This is a type of "natural selection" amoung the bacteria. This is a real threat to medicine today. The overuse of certain antibiotics has contributed to this. ...Read more
Disinfectants: Disinfectants, such as bleach, will react chemically with microbial cells to destroy them. There are chemical reactions that occur that interfere with the germs' proteins, outer layers (membranes) or other parts of the microbe. This kind of brutal damage will kill the germs effectively. The good news, is that the range of different germs killed by bleach and other disinfectants is very wide. ...Read more
Depends on situation: Sometimes the xray features, combined with the age of the patient, time of the year help the physician pick a first line med. Hospital acquired infections may be treated differt from community acquires cases. There is no one fits all med. ...Read more
Antibiotic pressure: When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics the strongest bacteria survive. Strength is gained by genetic mutations & by acquiring resistance genes from other bacteria. This selection for resistant bacteria is called antibiotic pressure. Since the 1st antibiotic was introduced in 1935 bacteria continue to gain resistance in 'snow-balling' fashion. Some bacteria today are resistant to all antibiotics. ...Read more