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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 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 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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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
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Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
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Do not take someone else's antibiotic
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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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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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Take the exact dose prescribed
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Follow your doctors instructions for how long to take the antibiotic
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Do not take someone else's antibiotics
Once
Do not take old or expired antibiotics
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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..?

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

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If another boil was going to come up after the first, when would that happen? I am still on antibiotics until wednesday. When can I stop worrying?

If another boil was going to come up after the first,  when would that happen? I am still on antibiotics until wednesday. When can I stop worrying?

Depends: Really depends on the infecting organism and what you mean by a boil. In the strictest sense most common boil causing organisms will be hit pretty hard by the appropriate antibiotic and shouldn't be popping up in new locations after you have been on meds for a day or so. However, a superficial skin infection such as acne or folliculitis might not respond so well to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Take with food
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Always finish the course whether you feel better early or not
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Watch for abdominal pain and diarrhea - call Dr if occurs
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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, keflex, or doxycycline. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

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

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