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I have viral infection now on anti biotics. Any food to avoid n can I drink alcohol?

I have viral infection now on anti biotics. Any food to avoid n can I drink alcohol?

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

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

Is erythematosus lupus a viral infection treated by shingles antibiotic?

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

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Why can't viral infections be treated?

Why can't viral infections be treated?

Some can be: Many viral infections such as herpes, varicella, rsv, hiv, hepatitis band influenza are treated with antiviral antibiotics. For others we have no effective treatments or the side effects of the treatments are worse than the self-limited viral diseases. ...Read more

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I do'nt understand why doctors give antibiotic in viral infection? Why

I do'nt understand why doctors give antibiotic in viral infection? Why

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

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What happens if you take antibiotics for a viral infection?

What happens if you take antibiotics for a viral infection?

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

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What causes a recurrent viral infection even after antibiotic use?

Antibiotics no good: Antibiotics are effective for bacterial infections, they do nothing for viral infections. By & large viral infections are treated symptomatically. Tamiflu might or might not have a minimal effect to reduce effects of influenza. ...Read more

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What happened a if i take antibiotics on a viral infection?

What happened a if i take antibiotics on a viral infection?

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

Dr. John Leander Po
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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


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more