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My sistr of age 25, is pregnant n is 27weeks got chiken pox, no gud medication in saudi arabia. Dey only gav som bacterial antibiotic. Can dis harm da baby?

My sistr of age 25, is pregnant n is 27weeks got chiken pox, no gud medication in saudi arabia. Dey only gav som bacterial antibiotic. Can dis harm da baby?

Low risk: The congenital varicella syndrome has been reported since 1947 & is most often associated with infection between 8-20 weeks of pregnancy. Incidence risk is calculated as about 1% in that time frame. (mental deficiency/growth delay/scars) no cases have been reported occuring >28 wks and few between 20-28. See:
www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc3155623. ...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


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Sore throat, runny nose, malaise since 3 days! Will resolve spontaneously if viral! How do I know for sure that it's viral & not bacterial? Antibiotic?

Sore throat, runny nose, malaise since 3 days! Will resolve spontaneously if viral! How do I know for sure that it's viral & not bacterial? Antibiotic?

Resolving Strep/Uri: Both strep infection of the throat and/or uris will resolve in an otherwise healthy patient. Taking an appropriate antibiotic may shorten the course slightly, but know abx are intended to prevent the complications of strep eg, rheumatic fever or glomerulonephritis. Giving an abx to people with colds, green runny noses, a few days of sinus congestion isn't helpful and is potentially harmful. ...Read more

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Do you know some names of bacterial pinkeye antibiotic names?

Do you know some names of bacterial pinkeye antibiotic names?

Bacterial pinkeye: Some drops to treat bacterial conjunctivitis include: gentamicin, tobramycin, moxifloxacin, polytrim, (polymyxin b and trimethoprim) and erythromycin. ...Read more

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How long after ending a "twice a day for seven days" bacterial vagnosis antibiotic should I wait to have sex? Or can I have sex right away?

How long after ending a "twice a day for seven days" bacterial vagnosis antibiotic should I wait to have sex? Or can I have sex right away?

See answer: You can have sex after taking the full course, but be cautious that the bacterial infection was not caused by your partner infecting you, as you do not want to keep getting the same infection if your partenr is infected. Depending on what infection you had, he may need to be treated too. ...Read more

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How do I know if cough of 1.5 months is bacterial or viral? Caused from sinus infection, post nasal drip frm a cold. If bacterial, which antibiotic to take? Don't want to become resistant to antibiotic

How do I know if cough of 1.5 months is bacterial or viral? Caused from sinus infection, post nasal drip frm a cold. If bacterial, which antibiotic to take? Don't want to become resistant to antibiotic

Not viral: Viral illnesses resolve in 10-14 days so lingering cough could be bacterial subacute sinusitis, residual post nasal drip or airway inflammation. If bacterial Amoxicillin a good first choice. If cough persists then see md. Unlikely to develop resistance with infrequent antibiotic usage. ...Read more

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What about bacterial resistance from antibiotic use?

What about bacterial resistance from antibiotic use?

Antibiotics: Bacteria have a remarkable ability to mutate to become resistant to various antibiotics. Bacterial resistance is very real and poses a serious health threat now and probably more so in the future. Antibiotic use needs to be limited and choice of antibiotic specific to the bacteria being treated. ...Read more

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I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed antibiotic course. But, still I feel a little discomfort in perineum after ejaculation. What should I do?

I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed antibiotic course. But, still I feel a little discomfort in perineum after ejaculation. What should I do?

Monitor: Sometimes it takes a few weeks after an infection to have no discomfort It sometimes is still swollen and takes time to heal. Sometimes an anti inflammatory can help There are cases were it is a permanent or chronic discomfort If worse or lasts a moth or so then see provider for additional testing ...Read more

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If u truly have a sinus/bacterial infection & start antibiotic, how soon after taking should congestion go away?

If u truly have a sinus/bacterial infection & start antibiotic, how soon after taking should congestion go away?

Variable.: Treats the infection right away, but resolution of inflammation depends upon the severity of things to start with. May not see things clear up right away. ...Read more

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I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed antibiotic course. I am going to meet doctor. What will he do to make sure infection is completely removed?

I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed antibiotic course. I am going to meet doctor. What will he do to make sure infection is completely removed?

Exam and check urine: He will check your urine for bacterial infection and examine your prostate. He may massage your prostate to see if there is fluid suggestive of infection. Many causes of prostatitis are non infectious. Antibiotics are used to treat the disease for weeks and are often successful. For any ongoing symptoms see a urologist for assessment. Kidney disease may be a complication. ...Read more

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Suffering with external vulva burning due to bacterial infection. On antibiotics for 3 types of bacteria, how long will it take for the skin to heal?

Suffering with external vulva burning due to bacterial infection. On antibiotics for 3 types of bacteria, how long will it take for the skin to heal?

Depends: First of all establish diagnosis is important. Three bacteria, is this culture proven? Mostly surface culture may be contaminant. If there is ulcer may be take time to heal. If it is blister than consider hsv2. May need to be seen by infectious disease physician ...Read more

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My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?

My 2.5 yr baby has ear infection. How do symptoms differ between bacterial & viral; would antibiotic help just bacterial, &viral resolves on its own?

Ear infections: Symptoms of ear infections (fever, pain etc) can apply to both viral and bacterial causes. Antibiotics treat only bacterial causes and viral causes are self-limited and will go away on their own. There are times when the child isn't demonstrating symptoms and the pediatrician may see fluid behind the ear drum - that is very likely viral and antibiotics aren't warranted. ...Read more

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I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed full antibiotic course. I am feeling absolutely fine now. What should I do to stop prostatitis to recur?

I had prostatitis (bacterial) and completed full antibiotic course. I am feeling absolutely fine now. What should I do to stop prostatitis to recur?

Random: Prostatitis is somewhat of a random occurrence. There are no real risk factors to be identified. Naturally, you want to avoid getting in again. Ideally you should report the symptoms as soon as they occur should you have a recurrence ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic for bacterial infections?

What is the best antibiotic for bacterial infections?

Can't answer it.: This is too broad a question.

Doctors need to take into account:

what kind of bacterial infection?

Where in the body?

How long?

Previous treatment?

Strain isolated?

Etc.

There are excellent antibiotics available for many infections, but clearly, you need to talk to your doc about what's going on with you.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

Can I get antibiotic for bacterial conjunctivitis over the phone?

Depends on your doc: It's taking a chance diagnosing over the phone. You could get it wrong and treat it improperly. If your doctor has seen you for this multiple times and your symptoms are exactly the same then they may consider it. ...Read more

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I have bacterial prostatitis and completed antibiotic course. I will go to urologist after a week. What will he do to make sure there is no infection?

I have bacterial prostatitis and completed antibiotic course. I will go to urologist after a week. What will he do to make sure there is no infection?

Here are some. ..: If your being treated for bacterial prostatitis is based on bacterial documentation from culture, the urologist will reassess your clinical picture and repeat semen exam and culture for documenting the effectiveness of antibiotic Rx. If not getting better or failed to document bacterial infection, consider something else such as chronic pelvic painful syndrome or disorders (CPPS / CPPD). ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic for bacterial upper respiratory tract infections?

What is the best antibiotic for bacterial upper respiratory tract infections?

Depends: Upper respiratory tract infections usually involve the sinuses. There are a wide variety of antibiotics used for acute bacterial sinusitis. Bactrim (a sulfa drug), Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (a penicillin type drug) and doxycyline (a tetracycline) are commonly used. Levaquin (a quinolone) can be used as well but I tend to reserve this for sicker patients. ...Read more

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Took diflucan (fluconazole) 1 week ago for yeast infection & antibiotic for bacterial infection now having ovary pain and a jelly like discharge. Possible problem?

Took diflucan (fluconazole) 1 week ago for yeast infection & antibiotic for bacterial infection now having ovary pain and a jelly like discharge. Possible problem?

See gynecologist: Without seeing the discharge and examining you it is impossible to know what this is. Go and see a professional and be evaluated. Answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Is erythromycin oinment for pink eye safe to use while nursing? Also if I don't use an antibiotic for bacterial pink eye will it go away?

Safe yes: Ointment is a little over kill, drops work just as well and do not blur the vision. Pink eye is self limited, meaning that without treatment it will resolve in 2 weeks. Treatment is given to shorten the course of infection. ...Read more

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What do antibiotics do to fight bacteria?

What do antibiotics do to fight bacteria?

Several ways...: Antibiotics "fight bacteria" in several different ways. Some antibiotics attack the cell wall / cell membrane of bacteria punching holes in the organisms, killing the bacteria. Others interfere with key enzymes within the bacteria making the bacteria unable to replicate. Each specific antibiotic functions in a unique way to structurally damage the bacteria or to stop them from reproducing. ...Read more

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If appropriate antibiotic kills all bad bacteria?

If appropriate antibiotic kills all bad bacteria?

Generally: Your physician will prescribe medication that will kill all offending bacteria. ...Read more

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How do bacteria develop resistance against the antibiotics we took for years?

How do bacteria develop resistance against the antibiotics we took for years?

Genetics: Bacteria adapt to antibiotics for survival. Small genetic mutations develop that give a bacterium a survival advantage. It makes copies of this genetic anamoly (on a separate genetic fragment called a plasmid) that then is passed on to other bacteria of the same species. Over time, succeeding generations have this advantage and since they survived, they are now resistant. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of long term use of antibiotics beside bacteria resistance?

Antibiotic: This obviously depends on the particular antibiotic, but all have some degree of toxicity or have the potential for inducing allergic reactions, to say nothing about altering your normal bacterial flora and leaving you susceptible to secondary infections like candidiasis and clostridium difficile colitis and others. Only do this if clinically necessary. ...Read more

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Please answer! What makes some bacteria resistant to antibiotics when other bacteria are not?

Various reasons: Some bacteria are resistant because they do not have the correct target for the drug to work, others are resistant because they produce an enzyme that inactivates the drug. ...Read more

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If a bacteria is affected by antibiotics, does it stimulate the bacteria to produce more toxins?

If a bacteria is affected by antibiotics, does it stimulate the bacteria to produce more toxins?

Not usually: Appropriate antibiotics usually destroy / kill bacteria preventing further toxin production. However it really depends on type of bacteria, and whether it produces toxin (exotoxin) or is toxic itself (endotoxin). ...Read more

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After many courses of antibiotics I still have the helicobacrer bacteria. What can you advise me?

Depends: On symptoms, amount of inflammation, ulcer history, risk for stomach cancer and other factors. If multiple courses of different treatment regimens have failed, then we often just monitor and follow closely, treat symptomatically. ...Read more

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When did so many bacteria get resistance to common antibiotics? Is this a problem only in the us?

Humans/animals: The resistant bugs are thought to be due to improper use of antibiotics (taking them for viruses, or taking them for a "cold", or not finishing course). It's also thought to be due to the amount of antibiotics fed to our cattle and livestock. This is not just a problem in the us, but for certain strains of bacteria, resistance is worse in other countries. ...Read more

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How can all these bacteria become resistant to common antibiotics at the same time? What can be done?

How can all these bacteria become resistant to common antibiotics at the same time? What can be done?

Past overuse: Overuse of common and 3rd level antibiotics for everything from a common "viral cold" to sore throats have "allowed bacteria to evolve and change their cell walls to resist many antibiotics. The centers for disease control in atlanta has asked physicians to curtail non-indicated antibiotic use for that reason as we are "running out" of new more advanced antibiotics for rx. ...Read more

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I recently read that bacteria is evolving and being resistant to antibiotics, could it be the end? Is it even true?

I recently read that bacteria is evolving and being resistant to antibiotics, could it be the end? Is it even true?

No: However the concern about mega-bugs with multi-drug resistance is big concern to the medical world. The home is that with technological and biochemical advancement, the medical world resisting indiscriminate prescription of antibiotics on patient urging, and patients adhering to their prescription, the end by mega bug will be avoided ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more