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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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Popped a boil on my 4 year old's butt. It had come to a head and was draining on its own a little. I followed with antibiotic ointment. Was this bad?

Popped a boil on my 4 year old's butt. It had come to a head and was draining on its own a little. I followed with antibiotic ointment. Was this bad?

Small abscess: Your 4 years old has an abscess on his buttock ,application of bacitracin ointment is o.k. and boil may subside .but if it becomes big or continues to drain ,then consult your doctor for more treatment like antibiotics and incision . ...Read more

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What medical condition causes boils to appear on your body consistantly even on the paraneal area. Rash on testicles have taken antibiotics and use skin creams, noting has seem to work..Please help

What medical condition causes boils to appear on your body consistantly even on the paraneal area. Rash on testicles have taken antibiotics and use skin creams, noting has seem to work..Please help

It : It sounds as though you may have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then eventually develop a "head" of white pus. Once this drains, the area usually heals on its own. Most of these are caused by staphylococcus aureas, a common bacteria found on the skin. Occasionally, however, the can be caused by mrsa, the antibiotic resistent kind of staph bacteria. No one knows why some people are susceptible to getting boils while others are not. There is a type of neutrophil-associated immune deficiency that can predispose you to boils, so it might be worth getting tested. Next time you develop one of these infections, start out by applying warm compresses to the area to help draw the infection out. Then, you should go to your doctor so that they can drain it, test for what bacteria is causing it and be able to treat you appropriately - sometimes with antibiotics, sometimes just with drainage. If you ever develops fever, chills, or feels ill with this infection, call your doctor immediately. You can try and prevent these infections by practicing good hygiene and using anti-bacterial soaps. Some doctors also advocate bathing once a week with a 1/4 cup of bleach in a half-full bathtub or washing with chlorhexadine to decrease the bacterial count on your skin. You may also want to consider using intranasal bactroban (mupirocin) twice a day for a month to eliminate the staph bacteria living in your nose. Your doctor may have other suggestions for prevention. Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband got boils/spots 4month ago r big, painful, red in his head and chest, doctor give antibiotics but no results, could be sign of HIV or diabetes?

My husband got boils/spots 4month ago r big, painful, red in his head and chest, doctor give antibiotics but no results, could be sign of HIV or diabetes?

Extreme Skin: Nothing in your note describes an HIV infection or diabetes. If you had been to my office i would want to know the treatment i instituted did not work and then try Plan B or get my patient to a skin specialist. Have you been back to the doctor? ...Read more

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16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil . Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. F/U with your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, oral antibiotics may be needed.GET THE AREA CULTURED TO EVALUATE GOR MRSA. ...Read more

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I have a boil under my eye, have been given antibiotics 4 days ago and no change. What can I do to help bring it to a head/drain it?

I have a boil under my eye, have been given antibiotics 4 days ago and no change. What can I do to help bring it to a head/drain it?

Stye: If it is at the lid margin it is a Hordeolum (stye) it is an inflammatory lesions. It is Chalazia if it is on the eyelid and are subacute or chronic, noninfected, and generally less painful lesions. treatment can consist of antibiotic drops or ointment and warm compresses and inti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Recent infected spot turned boil treated 2 courses of antibiotics. This burst draining the infection and has now healed but still a lump under skin?

Recent infected spot turned boil treated 2 courses of antibiotics. This burst draining the infection and has now healed but still a lump under skin?

How big is the lump?: It's always hard to predict the future course. This could get smaller, stay the same size, or eventually get larger again. Silly surgeon saying is "when in doubt, cut it out." Discuss with your doctor the pros/cons of removing now when small and easy to do, vs watchful waiting. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics is good for boils?

Yes: Draining the boil along with the proper antibiotic is the age old treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic should I use for a boil?

What kind of antibiotic should I use for a boil?

Staph and Strep: A boil may need to be drained. If there is a collection of pus, an antibiotic may not effectively penetrate and treat the infection. Usually an antibiotic that covers staph and strep is needed and MRSA may need to be treated. Doxycycline, Bactrim, or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are common choices. Be careful as boils can lead to disseminated infections in the skin or blood. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any antibiotics for boils?

Can you tell me is there any antibiotics for boils?

Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Incision and drainage is preferable over antibiotics however. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic can be used for boil in anus?

What kind of antibiotic can be used for boil in anus?

Painful!: That sounds very painful for you. Your doctor may need to lance the boil to relieve the pressure and allow the pus to drain. Without this, antibiotics may have a difficult time getting into that space. Sitz baths may be helpful until you can see your doctor and receive the best help. ...Read more

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I have been having boils for the past two months and I have gone to see doctors and I have been give antibiotics but it always comes back.

Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in areas of the body that contain sweat glands including the armpits, groin, buttocks, scalp, and under the female breast. When the condition is mild it may only present as a cluster of 2 or 3 blackheads that communicate under the skin. Once the disease begins, it gets progressively worse. The extensive, deep inflammation leads to painful abscesses. ...Read more

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I'm having recurring boils from last two months. I've used some antibiotic but after some time duration it comes back. one after another. please help?

I'm having recurring boils from last two months. I've used some antibiotic but after some time duration it comes back. one after another. please help?

Oral Antibiotic: or injected antibiotics would be needed here, along with good skin care with cleansing agent such as Hibiclens. There is not much time to waste as these recurrent infections will become abscesses as the bacteria are likely highly resistant to common OTC and prescribed antibiotics. Thanks for trusting in healthTap. ...Read more

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I have had 3 boils in past 3 weeks..and I also had antibiotics but no difference is there..it isn't about hygiene, that I know for sure..what's night ?

I have had 3 boils in past 3 weeks..and I also had antibiotics but no difference is there..it isn't about hygiene, that I know for sure..what's night ?

See allergist: Assuming that the bacteria was identified ( culture?) and the infection is not from MRSA and the right abx was given, you may have an immune defect. Consult an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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What antibiotic do u take for boil?

What antibiotic do u take for boil?

May need drainage: Boils and abscesses often require drainage for cure. If the boil is small and redness is not spreading out from around it, you can use hot compresses (cloth soaked in hot water). If it gets bigger, see a health provider to determine if it needs to be opened up. Often an antibiotic for skin infections is given as well, like bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) keflex, or doxycycline. ...Read more

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Boils won't clear with oral antibiotics?

Boils won't clear with oral antibiotics?

Usually not: Not usually, unless you catch them very early. Once the become fluid filled, they need to be opened and drained. ...Read more

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I take k.B whiting pills..In the morning do u think its ok to take an antibiotic for my boils..?

Glutathione: This product which claims to improve skin and promote resistance to infection is not likely to interfere with antibiotics being taken for boils, but no guarantees. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more