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Antibiotics To Treat 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
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
Amikacin nebulizatio: Yes it has been and can be used to treat pseudomonas infection. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thanks for asking!: The simple answer is yes if it is a susceptible bacterial sinus infection. ...Read more
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
Yes: It can be prescribed for this indication. ...Read more
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
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
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
I had 2 courses of antibiotics to treat pneumonia 2 months ago. Now i may have strep throat. Is it safe to have antibiotics for another 5 days?
Diagnosed with pneumonial & fever 40 celcious, hospitalized and treated with antibiotic, till now, fever still, but drop to 37.5 - 37.9, shall i worry?
Silent pnuemonia? What is that? Is it normal to be treated as out patient and put on antibiotics through IV ? I go everyday treatment for 5 days
Lay definition: A pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue; the lay term "silent" is used to define pneumonias where there is no cough. Iv antibiotics are usually reserved for people with pneumonias caused by drug resistant bacteria or in people with multiple drug allergies for whom it would be difficult to find an oral drug. Home infusions are always preferable to hospitalization if you can swing it. ...Read more
Depends: This is a good question. Geographic location plays an important role in these decision. There are different resistance patterns in different communities. Here in chicago, we use the fluoroquinolone class as first line (levaquin (levofloxacin) or avelox). There are many different options in addition to these. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does it seem like so many "healthy" people (celebrities) die from pneumonia when it's so treatable and when it's presence is obvious (not hidden)?
Because: Because sometimes it is discovered too late. Sometimes what can happen is people think it is just a flu or a cold and never go to the doctor. By the time they realize it is something more then just a cold or a flu it is progressed to a point where it becomes very difficult to treat. ...Read more
Yes: Yes -- at least 10 days needed. ...Read more
Severe Lung Disease: Acute interstitial pnumonia also called hamman rich syndrome.It is rare severe lung condition that affects otherwise healthy people.There is no known cause and cure these patients are treated in ICU in hospital.And often require ventilation support , steroids are used intravenously and since it is not caused by infecton antibiotics are not usually needed.Often the condition is fatal in 60% of time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 10 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday, he has taken his antibiotic for 3 days. He woke up this a.m. with the croup. Related?
Mucinex (guaifenesin): Yes it should be fine.Get a more detailed answer ›
I was diagnosed with pneumonia 3weeks ago. Finished antibiotic, no more fever, but the cough is not better and I am so tired?
I've had pneumonia for 3 months i went to the doctor yesterday and he prescribed me an antibiotic.I looked it up and it's a red alert, ?
Communications : Contact your physician and address your concerns. ...Read more
Pt Dx'd with aspiration pneumonia. On antibiotic IV for 2 days now disc. Pt. has occasional bronchial sounding cough. Is pt pneumonia free?
Hopefully : Whoever made the diagnosis treated you first on an inpatient basis with IV mess and then decided that you could be treated on an outpatient basis safely. The fact that you have a cough is not a sufficient criteria of cure or not. Talk to your doc. If not satisfied make a virtual consult with me. ...Read more
Is it ok to take qvar and xopenex (levalbuterol) for cough from pneumonia. Already on antibiotic (11yo)?
Diagnosed with pneumonia. 6 weeks pregnant. Still feel really crappy. Only 2 days into antibiotic. How long should I be Off work?
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