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Doctor insights on: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Not much other than.: ...Taking the antibiotics prescribed to the last pill. Avoid taking any left over antibiotic pill with an intention to prevent recurrence of same infection, e.g., self administration of Amoxicillin for sore throat. ...Read more

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Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting depression?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting depression?

Avoid depression: Depression can occur associated with feelings of loss (personal, financial, tragedies, etc.), but often can be due to feelings of helplessness or inadequacies. Some have innate chemical and hereditary susceptibilities. Regular aerobic exercise, social interactions, charitable and community activities, and ongoing hobbies, new interests, and outside contacts all can shield you. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting abscess in tonsils?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting abscess in tonsils?

Tonsillectomy: The tonsils exist to aid in fighting infection. Unfortunately when you have had numerous episodes of infection and this becomes chronic tonsillitis the changes in the tissue now make the tonsils a liability rather than a benefit and they may need to be removed. This would obviously prevent abscess from developing. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting cervical cancer?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting cervical cancer?

You bet!: First, if you are under 30, get gardisil, hpv vaccine; if you have never had a sexual relationship, it is very unusual to get cervical cancer, but you should be checked with a pap smear annually. If you have made the choice to have sex, choose partner carefully, practice safe sex (condom from beginning to end) until you want to procreate as well as recreate. Limit partners. Pap annually. ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting BV again? Is there any supplements to help keep my bacteria balanced out?

How can I prevent getting BV again? Is there any supplements to help keep my bacteria balanced out?

MetroGel, boric acid: If you've only had BV once, sit tight for a while; it may not return. If already a recurrent problem or becomes so, discuss two options with your doctor: metronidazole vaginal gel (Metrogel®), convient but expensive; or boric acid vaginal capsules, a bigger hassle (the pharmacy has to prepare them specially) but not so costly. Supplements, probiotics, yogurt, lactobacillus, etc not likely to help. ...Read more

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What are some preventative measures that I can take to prevent ear trouble while flying?

What are some preventative measures that I can take to prevent ear trouble while flying?

Preventive measures: The usual cause of ear pain from flying is inability to equilibrate pressure across the eardrum. Simple non-medical things to relieve the pressure include pinching your nose and blowing gently and yawning. Also you can spray your nose with Afrin (oxymetazoline) before you get on the plane to make sure that the eustachian tube is open but you have assure that the Afrin (oxymetazoline) gets all the way to the back of your nose. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent getting yeast infection again and again?

Are there any good ways to prevent getting yeast infection again and again?

Prevention: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up. 7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely, not ones that hug the. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting fibrocystic breast disease?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting fibrocystic breast disease?

No: You can not control the amount of fibrocystic breast tissue that you develop. You can control, to a great extent, the symptoms you have from that tissue. It is well known that caffeine will cause the fibrocystic tissue to retain fluid, which will increase breast pain and tenderness in many women. It is also well known that vitamin E will minimize that breast tenderness for the majority of women. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that I can take to prevent myself from getting HIV in the future?

Are there any medications that I can take to prevent myself from getting HIV in the future?

PrEP: Truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) is now approved for daily use in hiv-negative, high risk people to prevent HIV infection. Examples would be people who are having unprotected sex with multiple partners. This strategy is called prep, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild inability to tolerate vaginal penetration from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild inability to tolerate vaginal penetration from getting worse?

Yes: First you need to be in stable long term relationship. Second u need to make sure there is no underlying pain syndrome this is arising from. Use lubricants, foreplay, positions where u are in control of penetration until things become more comfortable. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild atrial fibrillation from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild atrial fibrillation from getting worse?

Stay or get healthy: There are many things that may worsen atrial fibrillation. These include excessive alcohol use, caffeine and being overweight. If any of these apply to you, try to improve them. You should also work with your doctor to ensure you don't have an underlying heart valve problem, coronary artery disease or a thyroid disorder that is causing atrial fibrillation. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild dislocated shoulder from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild dislocated shoulder from getting worse?

Strengthening: Really no such thing as "mild" dislocated shoulder, it either has dilsocated or it has not. The treatment for 1st time dislocation typically is non-op with therapy to restore motion and optimize the strength of the muscles which also help stabilize the shoulder. The exception is the high risk pt (collision athlete) who may need surgery after 1st episode. Recurrent dislocators need surgery. ...Read more

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Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild cluster headache from getting worse?

Are there any steps I can take to prevent mild cluster headache from getting worse?

Medication: You might want to try Motrin for a mild cluster headache(200-600 mg) per dose. I have had success in previous patients with Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other migraine specific agents. Prevention is key. Avoid alcohol and smoking. If you wake up with cluster headaches, sleep apnea may be a cause. Consider having a sleep study done to screen for this. ...Read more

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Are there steps and precautions i can take to prevent the risk of catching the swine flu?

Are there steps and precautions i can take to prevent the risk of catching the swine flu?

Wash hands: Stay away from people who are sick to avoid getting swine flu. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water- often. Use hand sanitizer when this is not available. Avoid touching your mouth, nose or eyes until your hands have been properly cleaned. ...Read more

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What foods and actions can prevent you from getting pregrant?

What foods and actions can prevent you from getting pregrant?

You already know!: The only foolproof way to avoid pregnancy is to never have sexual intercourse. A near second best is regular use of good contraception (like birth control pills, an iud, or condom use). There are absolutely no foods or other actions that can really prevent pregnancy, so don't believe anything you might hear or read from untrustworthy sources! ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent sinusitis while still bodysurfing daily?

Are there any good ways to prevent sinusitis while still bodysurfing daily?

Saline rinses: Washing your nose with salt solution is a very effective way to help clear a nasal or sinus infection or pressure more quickly. Drinking plenty of fluids will also thin the mucus to improve symptoms as well. Use of decongestants if the pressure in bad will help as well. ...Read more

Dr. David Rosenberg
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Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...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