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How long is antibiotic treatment?

How long is antibiotic treatment?

Depends: Antibiotic treatment varies greatly depending on the disease being treated and the antibiotic of choice. Treatments can vary from one day (ie z-max for otitis) tto months for conditions such as osteomyelitis. ...Read more

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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


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What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following the i. V. Antibiotic treatment?

What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following the i. V. Antibiotic treatment?

It depends: There are bacteria that are resistant to certain antibiotics and are not effective. Your doctor needs to consider what antibiotics have been used in the past, possibly culture the infection to see what antibiotics will work now if needed. ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis?

Peniciilin: Penicillin is the drug of choice for bacterial tonsillitis, Clindamycin is reasonable for penicillin allergic. Of course viral tonsillitis, which is more common, does not benefit from antibiotic usage. ...Read more

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What can you do if antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis fails?

What can you do if antibiotic treatment for tonsillitis fails?

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

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Why does the antibiotic treatment for osteomyelitis take so long?

Why does the antibiotic treatment for osteomyelitis take so long?

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

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After antibiotic treatment, how long before a spider bite will go away?

After antibiotic treatment, how long before a spider bite will go away?

Depends: Different spiders cause different reactions.
For less toxic spider bite, which are the most common, it usually takes 7-10 days.
To decrease pain and swelling, I have found the use of orally administered steroids to lessen pain and swelling. ...Read more

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Can arthritic symtoms occur after antibiotic treatment of lymes disese?

Can arthritic symtoms occur after antibiotic treatment of lymes disese?

In most cases, Lyme: Arthritis does not recur after appropriate therapy for this infection although reinfection can certainly occur. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What happens if I drink alcohol while on antibiotic treatment?

What happens if I drink alcohol while on antibiotic treatment?

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

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Can recurrent UTI and frequent antibiotic treatment lead to super antibiotic-resistant utis?

Can recurrent UTI and frequent antibiotic treatment lead to super antibiotic-resistant utis?

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

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How long does it take for a polinidal cyst to come back after being popped and negative cultures. With antibiotic treatment. ?

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

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What is the best antibiotic treatment for helicobacter pylori?

What is the best antibiotic treatment for helicobacter pylori?

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

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Does acne go away itself completely just by antibiotic treatment?

Does acne go away itself completely just by antibiotic treatment?

Maybe but...: It is a principle of treating acne that an antibiotic never be used as the single therapy. Resistance is starting up. You'll want to use a second agent, perhaps topical benzoyl peroxide. ...Read more

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After how many days of antibiotic treatment, Typhoid test should be conducted?

What test?: Blood and stool culture should be done before starting antibiotics. Serologic tests should be done during the early illness and two weeks later for comparing the results of antibody titer. It is usually advisable to let your doctor decide the type and timing of tests. ...Read more

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If you are infected with syphilis or Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Yes: Both syphilis and lyme disease are treatable and curable with antibiotics. In the case of syphilis, intravenous or intramuscular penicillin is used. For lyme disease, oral Doxycycline or intravenous Ceftriaxone are used. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

I'm just wondering, if you are infected with syphilis and Lyme disease would regular antibiotic treatment work?

Maybe: It's not cleare what "regular antibiotic treatment" means. Both diseases are infectious in nature and will each respond to antibiuotic therapy. The medicvations used are commonplace antibiotics but the proper ones need to be selected based on the disease. ...Read more

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The deer tick bite site is itching and inflamed again 2 months after a 30-day antibiotic treatment. Is this cause for concern?

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

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Female 41 yrs old tested + ureaplasma. Always uses condoms! Do I need to abstain from all sex during antibiotic treatment, or just vaginal?

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

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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?

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?

No cure: These are calcium deposits and they are harmless-no antibiotic therapy is needed and 10 years is a bit late to be asking this question. Please consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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How many hours after I completed an antibiotic treatment, can I drink alcohol?

It depends: It all depends on the antibiotic. If it is antibiotic that you should not drink alcohol with, then I would recommend 24 hours. With some antibiotics, alcohol is fine. ...Read more