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Doctor insights on: Antibiotics To Treat Pneumonia

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How to treat viral pneumonia?

How to treat viral pneumonia?

Viral pneumonia: Viral pneumonia will not respond to antibiotics and treatment is mainly supportive. Rest, increased fluids, cough suppressants/acetaminophen at night to help with discomfort and multivitamins. Sometimes, medications such as steroids and inhalers are used to hasten recovery if there is a history or reactive airways (asthma). ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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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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Can antibiotics treat asthma?

Can antibiotics treat asthma?

No: Antibiotics may be needed to treat associated complications of asthma, but they are of no direct benefit to the process. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Anthrax: It depends which kind is involved. Inhalation anthrax is very serious, and only 25% respond to antibiotics. Cutaneous and gastrointestinal anthrax responds much better to antibiotics - better than 50 - 60%. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is prescribed to treat bronchitis?

Which antibiotic is prescribed to treat bronchitis?

Depends: Acute bronchitis is seldom due to bacterial infection and antibiotics are not only unnecessary, but contraindicated. For acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis (most often a result of smoking), use of agents which are effective against normal upper respiratory tract flora (hemophilus, streptococci, etc.) is advised. Doxycycline is one of several which are often prescribed. ...Read more

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Can cephalosporins work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Sometimes: There are several kinds or "generations" of cephalosporins antibiotics, which are antibiotics that are chemically related to penicillin. Some of the drugs in this class are highly effective against pseudomonas and some are not. In fact this can vary to some degree depending on the antibiotic sensitivities specific to the pseudomonas strains prevalent in a particular hospital or community. ...Read more

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Can antbiotics treat gallblader infection?

Can antbiotics treat gallblader infection?

Yes, but: The antibiotics can treat the infection but not the cause of the infection like a gallstone blocking the head of the gallbladder and stopping the outflow of bile. You must see a physician if you really have a gallbladder infection to identify the cause or the infection will immediately recur. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics treat shingles?

Can antibiotics treat shingles?

No: Shingles is medical condition caused be reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella). Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections) are not routinely used, unless the treating physician believes that a bacteria such as strep or staph has infected the skin involved with the shingles. Antivirals, however, are useful for the treatment of shingles. ...Read more

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Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat sinus infection?

Can cipro (ciprofloxacin) be used to treat sinus infection?

Thanks for asking!: The simple answer is yes if it is a susceptible bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can quinolones work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Can quinolones work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Sometimes: Quinilones in the past were very effective against pseudomonas, however because of their widespread and some might say, excessive use in the hospital and community many strains of pseudomonas are now resistant to these antibiotics. They still retain effectiveness in some cases, and specific testing of the germ grown from the patient (culture results) can determine if this is true in a given case. ...Read more

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Will only bacterial sinusitis respond to antibiotics?

Will only bacterial sinusitis respond to antibiotics?

Yes: Since antibiotics are only meant to fight off bacterial infection and are useless against viruses. Some sinus infections are fungal in nature an those need be adresssed with anti-fungals. ...Read more

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Will ciprofloxacin treat upper respiratory infection?

Will ciprofloxacin treat upper respiratory infection?

Only Bacterial: Ciprofloxacin may treat an upper respiratory infection, but only those that are caused by bacteria. The majority of uris are viral, so most will not respond to this medicine. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin be used to treat upper respiratory infection?

Can clindamycin be used to treat upper respiratory infection?

Bacterial Infection: Clindamicin may treat an upper respiratory infection, but only those that are caused by bacteria. The majority of uris are viral, so most will not respond to this medicine. ...Read more

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Can oral keflex be used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis?

Can oral keflex be used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis?

Probably yes, but...: Bacterial conjunctivitis normally is treated with antibiotic eyedrops, doesn't usually need antibiotics by mouth. Also most conjunctivitis is viral, not bacterial, and will not respond to any antibiotic. If your doctor prescribed cephalexain (Keflex), take it as directed. If you are diagnosing and/or treating yourself, e.g. with leftover medication, don't do it; see your doctor first. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can monobactams work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Can monobactams work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Yes: But this depends upon what infection and the sensitivities of the strain of pseudomonas with which the patient is infected. ...Read more

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How do you treat pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

How do you treat pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia?

Antibiotics: Pneumocystis jireovecii pnuemonia (formerly pcp) can be treated with IV Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (tmp-smz) in most cases. In complicated situations (such as HIV infected patients) other agents that can be used include nebulized pentamidine, dapsone, Clindamycin + primaquine, atovaquone, trimetrexate. Treatment plan has to be determined based on each patient's specific circumstances. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more