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Dr. John Leander Po
1,117 Doctors shared insights

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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From a dental view point, what is the best antibiotic for facial cellulitis?

From a dental view point, what is the best antibiotic for facial cellulitis?

Cellulitis Treatment: Several things need to be taken into account when treating a cellulitis. First, the patient's medical conditions. Second, allergies ; other medications. Third, identifying the source of the infection as well as it's location. Fourth, whether or not drainage is possible. Iv or im medication may be given rather than oral medication. Finally, we may culture the site in order to know which one to use. ...Read more

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When and why is intramuscular benzilpenicillin (penicillin+benzatin) advised for infectious cellulitis instead of oral antibiotics?

When and why is intramuscular benzilpenicillin (penicillin+benzatin) advised for infectious cellulitis instead of oral antibiotics?

Antibiotic choices: There are actually a number of ways to treat infections. It's a complex topic that's worth discussing with your doctor. If you are not happy with them, you can ALWAYS find a second opinion. Treatment options these days are much better than in the past. I hardly ever use intramuscular penicillin -except for syphilis cases. It sounds like you need more information -so I would call your doc today. ...Read more

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What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I.V antibiotics. Thanks

What is method to reduce pain and itching? My hot tub folliculitis has turned to cellulitis and I am on oral and I.V antibiotics. Thanks

See answer: Would be reluctant to apply any pain relieving cream or anti-itch lotion on an area of cellulitis. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or OTC NSAIDS for pain. If ineffective possibly tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine or hydrocodone...both narcotics. OTC antihistamines for itch. Benadryl, but may be sedating. (ok at bedtime). Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the strongest less sedating antihistamine. ...Read more

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I found out yesterday that lisa has cellulitis she was treated with IV antibiotics. Now the doctors want to give her oral steroids is that normal?

Therapy: The best place to get an answer to this is from the doctor who prescribed the steroids. This is not necessarily typical treatment for uncomplicated cellulitis, but without full medical records and an exam have no idea what is going on here. ...Read more

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Third degree burn on chest, was told I had cellulitis, put on oral antibiotic but lab culture smear results negative, suggested burn scrape. Do I need?

Third degree burn on chest, was told I had cellulitis, put on oral antibiotic but lab culture smear results negative, suggested burn scrape. Do I need?

Not enough: Not enough information. Are you really sure it is 3rd degree??? How? When? Treatment before antibiotic? Was some topical preparation or antiseptic used before the culture? What is a "burn scrape"? Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs [non-dermatologists] are wrong. You failed to name the "oral antibiotic". If in doubt, get a second opinion, preferably from a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Toe has cellulitis after an infection. 3 different oral antibiotics no improvement. I have antibiotics for 2 days, very little if any improvement. Stay in hospital?

Toe has cellulitis after an infection. 3 different oral antibiotics no improvement. I have antibiotics for 2 days, very little if any improvement. Stay in hospital?

Have it evaluated.: Cellulitis of the toe may develop due to another underlying issues such as an ingrown toenail or a deeper bone infection. An MRI may shoe an underlying abscess or a deeper bone infection. Have it evaluated by an infectious disease doctor for proper antibiotic selection, but make sure that it is actually an infection, as other things could mimic an infection such as gout or charcot. ...Read more

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Can pain from cellulitis linger? Hospital for 2 days, IV antibiotics, 10 days oral. Lymphedema in left leg. Site of cellulitis. Mild pain remains

Can pain from cellulitis linger? Hospital for 2 days, IV antibiotics, 10 days oral. Lymphedema in left leg. Site of cellulitis. Mild pain remains

Pain and cellulitis: Pain can linger on even after treatment begins for cellulitis. IV antibiotics, rest and elevation will help the pain. If the pain persists, ask for an anti inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is best for a small area of cellulitis dt. Mosquito bite; ofloxacin or azithromycin??

Which antibiotic is best for a small area of cellulitis dt. Mosquito bite; ofloxacin or azithromycin??

Ofloxacin: Ofloxacin is very good for skin infections and is often prescribed for this type of infection. Zithromax isn't as good for skin infections and is rarely prescribed for this. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is the best antibiotic for Preseptal Cellulitis caused by a sinus infection? My eye lid is slightly swollen. Was given Clarithromycin 500mg 2x/ day. Is that the best course of treatment? Augmentin doesn't work for me. What else should I do?

What is the best antibiotic for Preseptal Cellulitis caused by a sinus infection? My eye lid is slightly swollen. Was given Clarithromycin 500mg 2x/ day. Is that the best course of treatment? Augmentin doesn't work for me. What else should I do?

Ophthalmology: I would do lid hygiene four times a day with baby shampoo and cotton balls, use moxiflxacin drops twice a day for a week, and doxycycline 100 twice a day by mouth. I would use hot compress to help drain the collection and keep the head elevated. You should see an ophthalmologist to ensure your vision is safe. In severe cases IV antibiotics and surgical drainage are indicated. ...Read more

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With cellulitis (child), how long after oral antibiotx start should we see less symptoms? (swelling, redness, warmth in arm) (bactrim)

With cellulitis (child), how long after oral antibiotx start should we see less symptoms? (swelling, redness, warmth in arm) (bactrim)

24-48 hours: It takes some time for the meds to work. Initially, antibiotics first stop the spread of infection before symptoms abate. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is used for cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Uncomplicated cellulitis is most commonly caused by strep bacteria and usually can be treated with any penicillin group of antibiotics. More complicated forms of cellulitis with possible abscess require drainage of an abscess and antibiotics based on culture results. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following iv?

What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following iv?

Sensitivites: Hopefully, if you were sick enough to need IV antibiotics, cultures were done to see which specific bacteria caused your cellulitis. If so, then the lab also tests to see which drugs the bacteria is "sensitive" to. These are the best ones to use. These can vary depending on the type of bacteria and where the infection is, if you caught it in hospital or at home, etc. As always, finish all the med! ...Read more

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How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

7-10 days: Once effective antibiotics are started for cellulitis there is usually improvement in 2-3 days. It may take 7-10 days of treatment for it to completely resolve. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

Depends: If cellulitis is bacterial and you have an antibiotic that the bug is sensitive to, there can be dramatic improvement (assuming you are in good health, etc). Might take longer to have a less sensitive bug respond. Lots of variables here, of course, but you get the idea. I hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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How long does it take cellulitis to heal after you start antibiotics?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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My cellulitis has started to itch but im on antibiotics does that mean its getting worse?

My cellulitis has started to itch but im on antibiotics does that mean its getting worse?

Potential allergy: Any itching or rash while on an antibiotic or any new drug (even if you have taken it before) could be a sign of an allergy. This could also be a sign of ineffective treatment. You should immediately contact the person who prescribed the medication for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis and have been on antibiotic for 2 days and now it has started to itch...what does that mean?

I have cellulitis and have been on antibiotic for 2 days and now it has started to itch...what does that mean?

Healing: The itching means that the infection is healing. If it gets too uncomfortable, try putting a compress soaked with a solution that contains oatmeal and baking soda. ...Read more

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I had 14 antibiotics shots for cellulitis, 2 weeks ago and I have pain till now at the location of shots. Why?

IM Injections: Intramuscular Injections are painful and require time to have the Muscle heal from them!
Pain is different in everybody! Some are more sensitive than others!
Some people take two to three weeks to be totally pain free after being submitted to scheduled intramuscular antibiotic injections! ...Read more

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I have cellulitis and got prescribed antibiotics last night. I started taking them but the pain is worse today than yesterday. Should I be worried?

I have cellulitis and got prescribed antibiotics last night. I started taking them but the pain is worse today than yesterday. Should I be worried?

Call your doctor: You did not mention the site of your infection. If the infection is getting worse, you should notify your doctor immediately. You may need systemic (iv or im) antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was treated for cellulitis with antibiotic, but after weeks it's still swollen. Is it normal?

See a dermatologist: Is it your leg? It is very common that other conditions are mistaken as cellulitis. Then the antibiotic is no help. Stasis dermatitis and erythromelalgia are 2 examples of conditions presenting as red- swollen skin but are not infections. Also there may be an underlying problem such as lymphedema which leads to cellulitis. Then it is useful to address the underlying condition to prevent another ce. ...Read more

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I'm on my 4th round of antibiotics in addition to a shot and two IV infusions. Should I be concerned that I still have cellulitis?

I'm on my 4th round of antibiotics in addition to a shot and two IV infusions. Should I be concerned that I still have cellulitis?

Cellulitis: You probably have a resistant bacterial infection. Make sure you have an infectious disease specialist on your case and ask questions so you understand what is going on and what the plans and prognosis is for your condition. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more