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Was on antibiotic treatment while getting a chlamadyia antigen test, will it affect the accuracy of result?
Bacteria vs. Viral: There are 2 possible answers to your question. If a throat culture has not been taken, then all bets are off because you do not know the cause of your tonsillitis (presuming that is the correct diagnosis) either an inappropriate antibiotic has not been used or the cause is viral. Make sure of the correct diagnosis and and get the correct treatment. ...Read more
See below: Most cases of osteomyelitis in adults need surgery and antibiotics. Because it takes 6 weeks for debrided bone to be covered by soft tissue, and experience that shorter courses of antibiotics have a higher relapse rate, 4-6 weeks of IV antibiotics is recommended. In models of osteomyelitis 4 weeks of antibiotics was more effective in sterilizing bone than 2 weeks. ...Read more
Is it possible for diverticulitis to come back in a month after a 2 week antibiotic treatment even if trying to stick to a diet?
Yes: 35 year old gentleman s/p 2 week treatment for diverticular disease now with unknown symptoms recurring. You should contact your treating physician immediately and if you have severe symptoms go to the ER. Diverticulosis is an anatomical problem that can lead to diverticulitis, the infection/abscess associated with the infection can be resistant or recur. Prior CT scan results helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
How much, what kind: As in how much alcohol, and what kind of infection. In general, alcohol is really bad for the immune system, and chronic heavy drinkers get far more infections, often in unusual places and with unusual germs. Alcohol impairs white blood cells from eating and killing germs and also decreases our antibody formation. Alcohol also may have interactions with certain meds. Talk to doctor/pharmacist. ...Read more
Antibiotic resist: Yes. The increasingly common practice of treating "urinary tract infections" empirically without organism identification by culture and sensitivity is largely responsible for this. When treating empiically, one tends to prescribe the broadest spectrum antibiotics to cover all possibilities. Frequent use of these super antibiotics induces bacterial resistance to multiple antibiotics. ...Read more
No: If you know it isn't bacterial but how would you be certain. ...Read more
How long does it take for a polinidal cyst to come back after being popped and negative cultures. With antibiotic treatment. ?
Sometimes, never.: Pilonidal cysts are areas of chronic inflammation overlying the tailbone that arise due to ingrown hairs under the skin. These are prone to infections that form abscesses, requiring incision and drainage ("lancing"). Surgical excision is reserved for those that require repeated lancing, since these may recur as often as 25% of the time even after surgery. Fortunately, these are rare after age 30. ...Read more
Many regimens!: There are five commonly used regimens, plus others not used much. All give about an 85% cure rate, so if 100 people are treated, eradication will not occur in 15. Since if you test positive for h.Pylori, even after rx, you will always remain positive. My favorite combo is Clarithromycin 500 bid, Metronidazole 500 bid, and a twice daily proton pump inhibitor. Six pills a day is a lot. ...Read more
Is hospitalization needed for chronic Lyme disease treament (during an intravenous antibiotic treatment)?
Not necessarily: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
How long must one wait after antibiotic treatment to go for annual physical blood test which includes CBC?
I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?
The deer tick bite site is itching and inflamed again 2 months after a 30-day antibiotic treatment. Is this cause for concern?
Get it checked: If this is truly the same site as the original, you should get it checked out. Best to revisit the same doctor involved with your first treatment for comparison sake. ...Read more
Female 41 yrs old tested + ureaplasma. Always uses condoms! Do I need to abstain from all sex during antibiotic treatment, or just vaginal?
Sorry you got tested: Ureaplasma is normal in the genital tract, present in ~50% of all sexually acttive people. It is shared with partners (i.e. sexually transmitted) but only some strains are known to cause any symptoms, usually mild and only in males. Testing for Ureaplasma is done rarely by knowledgeable experts, e.g. in STD clinics. There's no need for treatment if neither you nor partner (s) have symptoms. ...Read more
My nails are affected with large white spots and never grow. I've had this condition for over 10 years. No antibiotic treatment has ever helped. Cure?
I have had off and on excessive belching for 6 months now. It all started after antibiotic treatment. My MD doesn't seem concerned. How do I stop it?
Burping issues: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness & bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. In some, belching can become habitual. ...Read more
I have cough for about 4 weeks and I have antibiotic treatment for the first 2 weeks. Now still coughing with mucus (sometimes thick green)&chest pain?
Get reevaluated: Without discussing your symptoms and medical history with you, and examining you, it's not possible to give specific advice. Most acute coughs are due to a Viral Bronchitis, don't respond to antibiotics and slowly improve over 2-3 weeks. Sometimes the cough lasts longer. Persistent cough could also be due to inadequately treated pneumonia. See Dr for reevaluation. May or may not need a chest x-ray ...Read more
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease in june of 2012. I had an antibiotic treatment and now I've noticed arthritic symptoms. Can I still have the disease?
Lyme disease: It is possible that you are still infected or have been reinfected. Certainly, post=lyme joint-pain is not unknown. Even after the infection is controlled, there are sometimes sequallae that remain. You may need to see an infectious disease specialist, who is the expert in detecting and then treating some of the more difficult maladies. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you are not allergic to it. ...Read more
Can a woman with syphilis give birth to a healthy new baby, as long as she got antibiotic treatment?
Yes: As long as pregnant mother gets proper treatment and follow-ups. ...Read more