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Can I take my left over antibiotics to treat my bacterial infection?

Can I take my left over antibiotics to treat my bacterial infection?

No not a good idea.: The antibiotics may have been prescribed for different reasons. Besides, it is not always that antibiotics may be required for infections as certain infections may be viral in nature. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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I am on antibiotic Doxcycycline Hyclate 100 mg 2 times/day for 7 days to treat skin bacterial infection.Is it safe to take the flu vaccine while on it?

I am on antibiotic Doxcycycline Hyclate 100 mg 2 times/day for 7 days to treat skin bacterial infection.Is it safe to take the flu vaccine while on it?

No worries: Taking Doxycycline antibiotic does not cause a problem with the flu vaccine. Likewise, getting a flu vaccine doesn't create a problem with the Doxycycline. ...Read more

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What's a real good antibiotic for a bacterial infection?

What's a real good antibiotic for a bacterial infection?

Depends: certain antibiotics can be good for one bug but not another. cultures and sensitivity testing needs to be done . ...Read more

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Can a bacterial infection require a specific antibiotic to wipe it out ?

Can a bacterial infection require a specific antibiotic to wipe it out ?

Yes: Bacterial infections usually require antibiotic treatment with a drug to which the bacteria is susceptible. Some antibiotics will work for some bacteria but not others. Most bacteria are sensitive to a number of different antibiotics. Microbiology labs do sensitivity testing to inform the doctor as to which antibiotics will be effective. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to see the effects of an antibiotic on a bacterial infection?

See below: It depends on the type of infection and the species of bacteria involved. Many bacterial infections that are of recent onset will respond within a few days of the start of an effective antibiotic. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have bacterial infection all over the body? Antibiotic won't help

Peculiar diagnosis: Hmmm.... I don't mean to sound undiplomatic, but a "bacterial infection all over the body", not helped by antibiotics, sounds screwy. If self diagnosed, see a doctor for professional evaluation. If it has been medically diagnosed, discuss further with the doctor, and perhaps ask for referral to an infectious diseases specialist, or dermatologist if it involves primarily the skin. Good luck! ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacterial Infections (Definition)

Bacteria are tiny organisms that can only be seen with a microscope. When certain bacteria enter the body, they can cause infections that must ...Read more