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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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Popped a boil on my 4 year old's butt. It had come to a head and was draining on its own a little. I followed with antibiotic ointment. Was this bad?

Popped a boil on my 4 year old's butt. It had come to a head and was draining on its own a little. I followed with antibiotic ointment. Was this bad?

Small abscess: Your 4 years old has an abscess on his buttock, application of bacitracin ointment is o.k. and boil may subside. But if it becomes big or continues to drain, then consult your doctor for more treatment like antibiotics and incision. ...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

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 (mupirocin) 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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My husband got boils/spots 4month ago r big, painful, red in his head and chest, doctor give antibiotics but no results, could be sign of HIV or diabetes?

My husband got boils/spots 4month ago r big, painful, red in his head and chest, doctor give antibiotics but no results, could be sign of HIV or diabetes?

Extreme Skin: Nothing in your note describes an HIV infection or diabetes. If you had been to my office I would want to know the treatment I instituted did not work and then try Plan B or get my patient to a skin specialist. Have you been back to the doctor? ...Read more

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16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil. Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. F/U with your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, oral antibiotics may be needed. GET THE AREA CULTURED TO EVALUATE FOR MRSA. ...Read more

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I have a boil under my eye, have been given antibiotics 4 days ago and no change. What can I do to help bring it to a head/drain it?

I have a boil under my eye, have been given antibiotics 4 days ago and no change. What can I do to help bring it to a head/drain it?

Stye: If it is at the lid margin it is a Hordeolum (stye) it is an inflammatory lesions. It is Chalazia if it is on the eyelid and are subacute or chronic, noninfected, and generally less painful lesions. Treatment can consist of antibiotic drops or ointment and warm compresses and inti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Recent infected spot turned boil treated 2 courses of antibiotics. This burst draining the infection and has now healed but still a lump under skin?

Recent infected spot turned boil treated 2 courses of antibiotics. This burst draining the infection and has now healed but still a lump under skin?

How big is the lump?: It's always hard to predict the future course. This could get smaller, stay the same size, or eventually get larger again. Silly surgeon saying is "when in doubt, cut it out." Discuss with your doctor the pros/cons of removing now when small and easy to do, vs watchful waiting. ...Read more

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Plz prescribe the best antibiotics for recurring boils on buttocks I had taken amox+clav but the infection is still recurring. Plz, the full treatment?

Plz prescribe the best antibiotics for recurring boils on buttocks I had taken amox+clav but the infection is still recurring. Plz, the full treatment?

Staph infection: Hello there, Staph infection probably mrsa. You need decolonization of your nasal cavity. Antibiotic ointment like mupirocin applied inside the nose and using antibacterial soap is probably the way to go. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for severe skin boils?

What is the best natural treatment for severe skin boils?

Hydranitis supprativ: You may be describing a serious skin condition hydranitis supprativa, which are reoccuring abcesses in the groin and underarms. This condition frequently requires surgery to get under control. Less frequent minor abcesses respond to frequent cleaning with soap and water, and attention to dryness, and episodic incision and drainage of individual abcesses. ...Read more

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What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

Local heat: Use warm compresses and it will surface more, and may drain itself or need lancing with sterile prep and instruments.
Can be from sebaceous cyst and recur if not removed.
Best to see your doc. ...Read more

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Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Depends: Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more

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Which is the best anabiotic for boils? Biaxin, Gentamicin, Azithromycin, Gentamicin, or Levaquin (levofloxacin)?

None of these: See a DR, preferably a dermatologist. Begin with a diagnosis. Hidradenitis suppuritiva? Folliculitis? Distribution, location of "boils"? Specific features of them? How long? Best treatment can be determined by exam and evaluation of your entire physical state. With your stomach problem you should avoid any meds not clearly of benefit. Why no med for BP? ...Read more

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What are the best antibiotics for a mosquito bite which developed into small area of red swollen tender skin??

The question: Is do you need an antibiotics or topical anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. Antibiotics may be indicated only in the presence of secondary infection. Skin infections may respond to many different antibiotics especially the Penicillins, 1st& 2nd generation cephalosporins, macrolides, teteracycline, Clindamycins............ ...Read more

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I just began treating my h.pylori with a 14 day regimen of 2 antibiotics and prilosec. At what point would be best to change my toothbrush head?

I just began treating my h.pylori with a 14 day regimen of 2 antibiotics and prilosec. At what point would be best to change my toothbrush head?

Not related: Regardless, you should change your toothbrush every 3 months. Keep your teeth, gums and tongue clean with an oral health routine. ...Read more

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I have lots of acne cyst in my poor head and face. I already took antibiotic and cream but is not gone what the best treatment of acne? Pls help

I have lots of acne cyst in my poor head and face. I already took antibiotic and cream but is not gone what the best treatment of acne? Pls help

Isotretinoin: Better late than never. Cystic acne won't be cleared by antibiotics. It's not for the faint-hearted but it's probably what you need. The internet is full of scare stories but the fast majority of folks with cystic acne are glad after they've done it. ...Read more

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What is the best topical antibiotic for hormonal acne that isn't too harsh on the skin? I have very dry skin that tends to peel when I use topicals.

What is the best topical antibiotic for hormonal acne that isn't too harsh on the skin? I have very dry skin that tends to peel when I use topicals.

Using too much of it: If your skin is peeling and red and you are using it every day cut the usage to every second or every third day. Also, there are different vehicles that the active ingredients are in. The most potent are gels. Less so are creams. If you are on prescription drugs ask your doc to write for lower % and also for cream base. Remember, it will get better! ...Read more

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Penicillin-resistant staph infection in eyes spread through head. Single antibiotics have failed. What would be the best antibiotic cocktail to take?

Follow directions: If you truly have a resistant staph infection you probably need IV antibiotics and at very least IV vancomycin should work. Is an infectious disease specialist involved? Have cultures with antibiotic susceptibilities been done? ...Read more

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What antibiotic do u take for boil?

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, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) keflex, or doxycycline. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics is good for boils?

Yes: Draining the boil along with the proper antibiotic is the age old treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic for the boils?

What kind of antibiotic for the boils?

Several: Usually a penicillin, cephalosporin, or Clindamycin are used. Of course it depends on the patients history of allergies, etc. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic should I use for a boil?

What kind of antibiotic should I use for a boil?

Staph and Strep: A boil may need to be drained. If there is a collection of pus, an antibiotic may not effectively penetrate and treat the infection. Usually an antibiotic that covers staph and strep is needed and MRSA may need to be treated. Doxycycline, Bactrim, or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are common choices. Be careful as boils can lead to disseminated infections in the skin or blood. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any antibiotics for boils?

Can you tell me is there any antibiotics for boils?

Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Incision and drainage is preferable over antibiotics however. ...Read more

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What kind of antibiotic can be used for boil in anus?

What kind of antibiotic can be used for boil in anus?

Painful!: That sounds very painful for you. Your doctor may need to lance the boil to relieve the pressure and allow the pus to drain. Without this, antibiotics may have a difficult time getting into that space. Sitz baths may be helpful until you can see your doctor and receive the best help. ...Read more

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I have been having boils for the past two months and I have gone to see doctors and I have been give antibiotics but it always comes back.

Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in areas of the body that contain sweat glands including the armpits, groin, buttocks, scalp, and under the female breast. When the condition is mild it may only present as a cluster of 2 or 3 blackheads that communicate under the skin. Once the disease begins, it gets progressively worse. The extensive, deep inflammation leads to painful abscesses. ...Read more

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I'm having recurring boils from last two months. I've used some antibiotic but after some time duration it comes back. One after another. Please help?

I'm having recurring boils from last two months. I've used some antibiotic but after some time duration it comes back. One after another. Please help?

Oral Antibiotic: Or injected antibiotics would be needed here, along with good skin care with cleansing agent such as Hibiclens. There is not much time to waste as these recurrent infections will become abscesses as the bacteria are likely highly resistant to common OTC and prescribed antibiotics. Thanks for trusting in healthTap. ...Read more

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I have had 3 boils in past 3 weeks. And I also had antibiotics but no difference is there. It isn't about hygiene, that I know for sure. What's night?

I have had 3 boils in past 3 weeks. And I also had antibiotics but no difference is there. It isn't about hygiene, that I know for sure. What's night?

See allergist: Assuming that the bacteria was identified (culture?) and the infection is not from MRSA and the right abx was given, you may have an immune defect. Consult an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Oral antibiotic for boil on the hip?

Oral antibiotic for boil on the hip?

Depends.: Some can be treated topically, some need surgical drainage, some oral meds, and some a combination of the above. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

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