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Can A Viral Infection Be Treated With Antibiotics
Ask pharmacist.: Antibiotics will not treat a viral infection so it may be possible to stop the antibiotics and eat, drink and be merry. However, if you are taking an antibiotic it would be necessary to know specifically which one in order to answer your question. Each of them is different. your pharmacist should know. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
Not a virus yet: Systemic lupus erythematosis is an autoimmune disease where antibodies are directed at one`s own tissues including joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and even brain. While we now have excellent treatments for this once commonly fatal disease, we do not know the trigger or triggers that set off the immune system. Even though infectious agents are suspected, none have as yet been identified or treated. ...Read more
Because some: Patients want something done - they do not like the answer "this is viral, there are no medicines to treat it, you need to treat the symptoms and wait". No one likes to wait. If that kind of patient does not get something, they may think the doctor is not very good, and look for another doctor that will give them a pill. It is sad to say, but has happened. ...Read more
Wont help,could hurt: Antibiotics are not effective against viruses so you will just be wasting money. You may also develop ill effects from the unnecessary medicine, such as diarrhea or fungal infection (oral thrush.) this practice also leads to " superinfections" such as MRSA and vre , as bacteria can develop tolerance to overused antibiotics. ...Read more
Antibiotics ; virus: Antibiotics will only help a bacterial infection, they will have no effect on a viral infection. The best case scenario is that nothing will happen and the virus will just run its course. However there is the risk is that you may get a side effect from the antibiotic that you wouldn't have otherwise. Some side effects are merely annoying, like a yeast infection, but some can be more serious. ...Read more
My boyfriend was sick over christmas with a viral infection. He took antibiotic & was fine now he has slept almost all day nauseous body aches?
I'm wondering if I am currently on an antibiotic, can I catch the flu/viral infection my boyfriend has?
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