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Child has congestion for 3 weeks, no other symp. Was prescribed antibiotics "just in case" by doc. Should he take them?

Child has congestion for 3 weeks, no other symp. Was prescribed antibiotics "just in case" by doc. Should he take them?

Congestion: Most causes of congestion in children usually has a viral origin. Therefore, I would use salt water nose drops several times a day and use a vaporizer during sleeping hours. Antibiotics would not be indicated ...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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Hi, I'm currently prescribed to take antibiotic pills. Is it ok take another separate antibiotic pills together- from another doctor.

Hi, I'm currently prescribed to take antibiotic pills. Is it ok take another separate antibiotic pills together- from another doctor.

Antibiotics: Not advisable! Would check with the physicians and let them know that you have 2 prescribed antibiotics. The right antibiotic is all you need usually for an infection. ...Read more

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Took antibiotic a month back but again now my doc gave me another dose of antibiotic. Is it fine to take it? Will my body not be antibiotic resistance

Took antibiotic a month back but again now my doc gave me another dose of antibiotic. Is it fine to take it? Will my body not be antibiotic resistance

Not necessarily: But repeat antibiotics can affect your gut and immune system. Be sure you take probiotics (not at same time as antibiotic). I would also add chinese medicine and acupuncture to your treatment plan ANS it can help reduce antibiotic issues and balance your body which helps speed recovery. ...Read more

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Why do doctors make you take antibiotics even after the sickness is gone?

Why do doctors make you take antibiotics even after the sickness is gone?

Not all the way gone: You may be feeling better, but the bacteria are still in your system. Your immune system is on the rebound (you feel better) but you are not yet 100% better. Finish the antibiotics so you will be 100% better. ...Read more

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Do we have to follow like 3 or 5 day course for all antibiotics? My paed doc said its not necessary for all only few. So can we take one time?

Take as directed: All antibiotics are prescribed with the intent that they will be taken as directed by the doctor. The amount and frequency varies and if you are instructed to take 3 times a day for 7 days then that is what you should do. Always listen to your doctor, they know what is best. ...Read more

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Hi doc. How can remove pus to my semen? What antibiotics to take? Please help me

See a doctor: If you have a discharge from you penis that resembles pus, you may have an infection. Please see a health care provider for examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Everything I read says trich is usually treated with a single dose of antibiotic so why did my doc say I have to take 3x for a week?

Different meds: There are different medications and the one you were prescribed needs to be taken as directed. Since we don't know what your doctor has given you, it's best to call him/her if you have any questions. ...Read more

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6year old kid doc put her on another antibiotic after zpak, bactram - now wants her to take augmentim is this safe? They say she has broniciots

6year old kid doc put her on another antibiotic after zpak, bactram - now wants her to take augmentim is this safe? They say she has broniciots

Get a second opinion: I'm assuming you mean bronchitis, which is usually a viral illness. Since viruses aren't treated with antibiotics, you may want to ask your doctor what bacterial infection he or she is trying to treat with augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). Consider getting a second opinion if you aren't satisfied with the answer. ...Read more

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Hi doc! I've had tonsillitis for 3/4 days now. Started antibiotics yesterday. How long will these take to work? And how long does tonsillitis last?

Hi doc! I've had tonsillitis for 3/4 days now. Started antibiotics yesterday. How long will these take to work? And how long does tonsillitis last?

Depends.: Tonsillitis is often not bacterial. When it is bacterial it responds in a few days for certain. When it is viral it may not get better for 4-5 days. Maybe your doc did a culture or rapid strep test? ...Read more

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Is it necessary to take the long term course of antibiotic medicines suggested by doctors or may I stop taking it if I feel fully recovered??

Is it necessary to take the long term course of antibiotic medicines suggested by doctors or may I stop taking it if I feel fully recovered??

"stop taking": It probably would not be a problem if you don't take your medicine for a couple of days and then see how you feel.
If the symptoms recur please take your meds but let your doctor know. ...Read more

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Doc said blocked sinus and gave me Flonase. How long will it take to work? And do I need antibiotics

Doc said blocked sinus and gave me Flonase. How long will it take to work? And do I need antibiotics

Depends: On the extent of blockage, the original problem, and how well you use the medicine. If your doctor saw that only flonase is needed, then continue using it as prescribed till your next appointment. Usually it takes few of regular right usage to feel an effect, if no improvement please tell your doctor, wish you wellness ...Read more

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What is bulky utres my doc said I have bulky utres 9 cm and she gave me antibiotics. Is it dangerous and what precaution should I take?

What is bulky utres my doc said I have bulky utres 9 cm and she gave me antibiotics. Is it dangerous and what precaution should I take?

Need more informatio: It is not clear what you are being treated for. Can you please provide more detail so your question can be answered with greater accuracy? Thank you ...Read more

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After I take antibiotic for epidermitiis (scortal side pain) on right side doctor? How long it take cure, but my swelling is not diasspear

After I take antibiotic for epidermitiis (scortal side pain) on right side doctor? How long it take cure, but my swelling is not diasspear

Here are some...: Cure is impossible, but just modified to heal and optimize functional recovery. If indeed having epididymitis & antibiotics is effective, epididymitis-related pain & swelling will start to fade in 2-4 days after antibiotics, but the resolving pace for all its related symptoms may linger for weeks & even months. After pain disappearance, scrotal puffiness/swelling may represents water in the sac. ...Read more

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I have chickenpox (4 days in) and my doc prescribe me cefpo200. I've been told your aren't supposed to take antibiotics. What should I do?

I have chickenpox (4 days in) and my doc prescribe me cefpo200. I've been told your aren't supposed to take antibiotics. What should I do?

Hard to say: Some people get a secondary staph infection in their chickenpox lesions and this may be either something they saw or expect. It might help if that was the case. Otherwise it is unnecessary. ...Read more

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I m carrier of typhoid with no symptomp. Take several antibiotic prescribed by doc. But still th 1.320. What can I do now. Is it life threatening?

I m carrier of typhoid with no symptomp. Take several antibiotic prescribed by doc. But still th 1.320. What can I do now. Is it life threatening?

Titer: Are you talking about a Widal titer of 1:320? If so it doesn't reflect much. A carrier state is not defined by the Widal test. Please clarify your labs values and resubmit the question. ...Read more

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Doc. My gonorrhea is about almost 1week and I just take an co-amoxclav rafonex Ysterday & today, Is it okay to take that antibiotics for my gonorrhea?

Doc. My gonorrhea is about almost 1week and I just take an co-amoxclav rafonex Ysterday & today, Is it okay to take that antibiotics for my gonorrhea?

Wrong treatment: This drug is a version of amoxicillin with clavulanic acid (Augmentin® is the main brand in the US). It is NOT reliable against gonorrhea. It probably won't cure you, but at the same time it might interfere with testing to know if treatment worked. See a doctor or clinic for proper treatment, which usually requies an injection of ceftriaxone plus either azithromycin or doxycycline. Good luck! ...Read more

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I just found out im pregnant. I took an antibiotic last week for a UTI. The bottle said not to take if you are prego. Any feed back doc would be great?

I just found out im pregnant. I took an antibiotic last week for a UTI. The bottle said not to take if you are prego. Any feed back doc would be great?

Revisit your doctor: It is difficult to know if this is serious without knowing which antibiotic it is. Follow up with your doctor to review the medication and possible effects and how to continue to manage your pregnancy. ...Read more

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ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

Fecal transplant: Fecal transplants have been shown to be effective in treating C diff. Please discuss this option with your doctor, in case you need to take antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have throut discomfort with exces mucus production, have bad smell & I was take different antibiotics by my doc priscription but no change. Am worried?

Don't worry: Don't worry about it, instead communicate with your dr. And possibly have him/her reevaluate the situation. If you are unhappy get a second opinion! ...Read more

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My 5yrold son stepped on thumb tag. The area is a little red and I am applying antibiotic cream. Should I take him to the doctor?

My 5yrold son stepped on thumb tag. The area is a little red and I am applying antibiotic cream. Should I take him to the doctor?

Probably ok: If it's just a little red from the thumb tack, then I wouldn't worry, however if it doesn't show signs of improvement over the next few days or if the site becomes swollen, warm, tender or the redness is spreading, take him to the doctor. Also make sure his tetanus vaccine is up to date. ...Read more

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Is it ok if I take antibiotic along with glutathione? Bec I hav ths bad acne and 1 of d doctors here says dat I shld take low dose antibiotic. TY

Is it ok if I take antibiotic along with glutathione? Bec I hav ths bad acne and 1 of d doctors here says dat I shld take low dose antibiotic. TY

Sure: I'm glad you're finally being treated properly for your acne. It's a serious liability. You're an adult now & need discernment. After 40 years, glutathione supplementation hasn't been shown to be good for much of anything, while evidence-based medicine would have spared you the acne scars that you report. An evidence-based holistic practitioner in your community might be a good resource for you. ...Read more

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I have an antibiotic for the UTI, but was told by my doctor that I can take AZO for pain relief. I have Cystex already at home, can I take that?

I have an antibiotic for the UTI, but was told by my doctor that I can take AZO for pain relief. I have Cystex already at home, can I take that?

Here are some. ..: For most uncomplicated UTIs in adult females, an effective antibiotics alone should suffice to improve and rid UTI-related voiding symptoms in 1-3 days. AZO is an add-on for helping relieve severe burning, but optional as long as being tolerable. Regarding Cystex, its effectiveness has been sworn by some but murky by others. So, you may use Cystex and see. If not better in 2-3 days, see doc timely ...Read more

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Had almond milk (lactose free too) cause mucus more for my 3 yrs old son? His doctor said not to take milk, since he is having antibiotic for coughing. Bu

Had almond milk (lactose free too) cause mucus more for my 3 yrs old son? His doctor said not to take milk, since he is having antibiotic for coughing. Bu

Not a problem: I see no reason to change a kids diet while he's on antibiotics. Some antibiotics need to be given at specific times with respect to meals, but I don't stop their milk or milk substitute because of a cough. ...Read more

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I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should I still take the antibiotic?

I have bacterial vaginosis. I got an antibiotic from my doctor, but I have been eating yogurt and it has been helping. Should I still take the antibiotic?

I: I would ask the doctor who prescribed it. There are some serious bacterial infections. Regular yogurt has predominantly dead cultures. To get good probiotic levels think of kefir, greek yogurt and otc probiotics. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I had bacterial vaginosis she gave me an antibiotic that I had to take every 12 hours when I went back I still had it. I'm confused?

Bacterial vaginosis: Without knowing how you were treated and whether your sexual partner was simultaneously given an antibiotic topically on his penis the best thing to do is to discuss this with your doctor. Although not truly a std this can be given back to you by organisms resident on your partner's penis. ...Read more

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1 month after root canal I have a gum abscess is sensitive, doc prescribe antibiotic but he wants to take the tooth out, are there more options?

Always have options: No 2 procedures are ever quite the same. And no 2 teeth are ever identical (in terms of treatment) even when its in your own mouth. Although post-op sensitivity is not uncommon even after a few weeks. A lingering abscess is not indicative of a successful procedure. Before removing the tooth, schedule an appointment with an endodontist to examine all your options. Its only too late when its gone! ...Read more

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If I get infection from ear piercing and my doc gives me oral antibiotics, will the piercing heal? Or do I need to take out my earring? Thank you.

If I get infection from ear piercing and my doc gives me oral antibiotics, will the piercing heal? Or do I need to take out my earring? Thank you.

Foreign bodies...: ...In skin make it easier to develop an infection, and harder to cure it. One thing to try before removing the piercing is switching to a titanium earring; they are even less irritating than high-carat gold. ...Read more

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Does it take time for the swollen lymph nodes to shrink after finishing antibiotics? Doctors said I have an infection. Scared it's lymphoma.

Does it take time for the swollen lymph nodes to shrink after finishing antibiotics? Doctors said I have an infection. Scared it's lymphoma.

Lymph nodes: Doubtful to be lymph in based solely on presence of lymph nodes. Other symptoms would be present such as fever, fatigue, night sweats, weightloss, abdominal pain, cough etc. I would make sure you finish the antibiotic and follow up for further blood tests if you don't improve. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Done had 2 upper respiratory infections this fall had to get on antibiotics from doc. Multi vitamins from Walgreens fail to prevent it what good take?

Done had 2 upper respiratory infections this fall had to get on antibiotics from doc. Multi vitamins from Walgreens fail to prevent it what good take?

Find a better Dr: No vitamins have any effect on this. In fact most people get full nutrition from food and derive no benefit from vitamin pills. "Upper respiratory" infection is far too broad. Most URI are viral and do not respond to antibiotics. We all get them. Do you smoke? Asthma? How bad were they? Get a FLU SHOT. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a swollen tissue to clear? My child went to a doc after a fall, swollen upper lip and reddish gum. Took antibiotic purmycin-125 and goldgesic syrup for pain relief.

How long does it take for a swollen tissue to clear? My child went to a doc after a fall, swollen upper lip and reddish gum. Took antibiotic purmycin-125 and goldgesic syrup for pain relief.

Depends: The recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. However the facial area heals rather rapidly and I would expect the swelling to subside in less than a week in most cases unless it is infected. ...Read more

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Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Doc gave me Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for a large spider bite? 8" round. I am very allergic to many antibiotics and afraid to take it. How dangerous is Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)?

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim): Has been used for decades but there are people who are allergic. No one knows if you are one of them. Here is my question, why didn't you discuss this at the time with your prescribing physician? Personally, I'd be more concerned about my 8 " spider bite. ...Read more

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Blurred vision type dizziness and derealzation doc said labyrinthitis but the antibiotics didn't work and I can't take steroids could this is fatal?

Blurred vision type dizziness and derealzation doc said labyrinthitis but the antibiotics didn't work and I can't take steroids could this is fatal?

Labyrinthitis: This is often viral and self-limiting with complete recovery. You might try using a decongestant like pseudoephedrine or oxymetozaline nasal spray and also use saline rinses with a Neti-pot. Hope this clears up soon. Definitely not fatal. ...Read more

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My 19 m/o was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection. He is still running a fever after 2 days on antibiotics. Should I take him back to the doc?

My 19 m/o was diagnosed with upper respiratory infection. He is still running a fever after 2 days on antibiotics. Should I take him back to the doc?

Depends: In general, I wood suggest waiting about 72 hours for the antibiotics to be working. Further, it depends on how high the fever is. If it is low grade< 101.5, I wouldn't be too concerned. If the child has a higher fever and is acting more sick, then you should be see again. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection & ruptured eardrum. The doc said it was small. How long will it take for pain to go away? I'm on the 6th day of antibiotics

I have an ear infection & ruptured eardrum. The doc said it was small. How long will it take for pain to go away? I'm on the 6th day of antibiotics

Ear infection: After two or three days of being on antibiotics you should see an improvement so if still with pain time to call your doctor. ...Read more

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I had an std test done for trichomonasis. The results were negative but 24-48hrs prior I had to take amoxicillin for a tooth abcess. Would the antibiotic have masked the presence of the protozoa trichomonasis? Doctor on health tap said it wouldn't. T/F?

I had an std test done for trichomonasis. The results were negative but 24-48hrs prior I had to take amoxicillin for a tooth abcess. Would the antibiotic have masked the presence of the protozoa trichomonasis? Doctor on health tap said it wouldn't. T/F?

True: The Amoxicillin would not have masked the Trichomonasis. Agree with the prior Healthtap doctor as well.
Why Amoxicillin does not kill Trichomonasis. So it would not have changed the result of your test. ...Read more