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Can keflex cause colitis or swelling of the intestines?

Can keflex cause colitis or swelling of the intestines?

Yes: Virtually every antibiotic has the potential to cause a type of colitis called c. Difficile colitis. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Even as normal people we have thousands of different kinds of bacteria in our colons. When you take antibiotics, it kills some, which allows other types to thrive. When clostridium difficile thrives, it causes colitis. This can be life-threatening and require surgery. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

Get rechecked: Rib pain can be muscular, bony or on the surface if associated with a rash. You can always get a second opinion back at the hospital if the pain is worsening. Good luck ...Read more

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One of the side effects of cephalexin is it can cause pseudomembranous colitis. If you were to give a percentage, how likely is this to happen?

One of the side effects of cephalexin is it can cause pseudomembranous colitis. If you were to give a percentage, how likely is this to happen?

Cannot: Clostridium difficile colitis occurs when you alter the normal colonic flora with antibiotics and it grows out and produces toxin. Whether this happens depends on whether you were previously colonized with this organism, the strain in your colon and other factors. No specific %s are available. Don't use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

I have inflammation in my small intestines, but it is not enough to diagnose chron's disease or ulcerative colitis. What other things could cause it?

Many things: Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system could be caused by undiagnosed infections, parasites or food intolerances. Consider some dietary changes like avoiding dairy and gluten and adding a probiotic daily to see if that is helpful. See your gastroenterologist for further diagnostic testing and evaluation. ...Read more

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Does bowel prep cause colitis?

Does bowel prep cause colitis?

No: The inflammation can be aggravated by it but it will not cause a problem. ...Read more

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Can a bowel condition such as chrons or colitis cause uti like symptoms for bladder? When I pass gas feels better my bladder.

Can a bowel condition such as chrons or colitis cause uti like symptoms for bladder? When I pass gas feels better my bladder.

Yes: Inflammatory bowel disease puts people at risk of developing inappropriate direct connections between their bladder and their intestines. This is not a normal condition and your symptoms should be discussed more at length with a physician to determine if you are exhibiting any signs of this. ...Read more

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I just started getting really bad acne on my cheeks out of nowhere 2 months ago and I'm 22. Keflex and Minocycline don't work. Swelling has started?

I just started getting really bad acne on my cheeks out of nowhere 2 months ago and I'm 22. Keflex and Minocycline don't work. Swelling has started?

Dermatologist ASAP: Some acne is resistant to antibiotics. Other treatments are available, but require specialist care. If you're not under care of a dermatologist, ask for referral to one right away. Prompt treatment may be needed to prevent permanent scarring. With modern treatment, nobody should ever have to deal with that lifelong problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Started keflex 5 days ago for a tooth abcess wich had my hole lower right jaw swollen the swelling has fone but now im left with a hard bump around my tooth is that normal? I still have 5 days of antibiotics left. But the bump is hard.

Started keflex 5 days ago for a tooth abcess wich had my hole lower right jaw swollen the swelling has fone but now im left with a hard bump around my tooth is that normal? I still have 5 days of antibiotics left. But the bump is hard.

Dental infection: Taking the antibiotics appears to have helped get the infection under some control, but obviously there remains a problem that needs further treatment. Continue taking the antibiotics until told to stop and discuss with your own dentist asap what is the cause of the infection and what are your options regarding definitive dental treatment: Root Canal Therapy, Periodontal therapy, extraction? ...Read more

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Missed IV shot meth. 32h out. Swelling down some, but pain worse (but mild), and dark discolor. Taking bactrim/keflex. Slight numb. Bruise or hypoxia?

Missed IV shot meth. 32h out. Swelling down some, but pain worse (but mild), and dark discolor. Taking bactrim/keflex. Slight numb. Bruise or hypoxia?

Possibly permanent: Local tissue damage. The dark discoloration maybe long lasting depending on the insoluble ingredients present (if they can't dissolve and be absorbed then they become more or less a tattoo). If the pain persists or if it starts to look infected better get it checked out. ...Read more

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Scrotal skin infection. Huge swollen lump. On keflex and neosporin. Swelling going down very slowly. Been a week. How long till swelling is gone?

Scrotal skin infection. Huge swollen lump. On keflex and neosporin. Swelling going down very slowly. Been a week. How long till swelling is gone?

Days-week+: As long as the swelling is going down you are moving in the right direction. If the swelling increases in size then go back to your doctor. The time it takes for the swelling to completely clear depends on the size of the swelling originally and your compliance with the medicines. Usually 1 -2 weeks should do it. ...Read more

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I had total hip replacement 4 weeks ago. On Mon I was put on keflex for infection. For the past 2 days I'm exhausted. Redness/swelling much better???

I had total hip replacement 4 weeks ago. On Mon I was put on keflex for infection. For the past 2 days I'm exhausted. Redness/swelling much better???

Hard to say: Many potential causes. You certainly would need to be followed closely as oral antibiotics alone would rarely cure a deep infection associated with a hip replacement. Getting some basic blood work to make sure you are not anemic and a primary care check up would probably be a good idea. ...Read more

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5 days ago, swelling right side of face. Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

5 days ago, swelling right side of face. Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

Need more info: Is the physician who is treating you an ear, nose ; throat specialist? If yes then return to him/her because there is more to be done. If not then consult with one. ...Read more

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I had a blood clot come from my tooth abcess no puss just a blood clot is that normal? My lower right side of lower jaw is swollen just started keflex today. Swelling has been prestenit and gottwn bigger since this morning should I worry..

I had a blood clot come from my tooth abcess no puss just a blood clot is that normal? My lower right side of lower jaw is swollen just started keflex today. Swelling has been prestenit and gottwn bigger since this morning should I worry..

What to do:: First, call and notify the dentist who prescribed the Keflex of your symptoms. If it was self prescribed or administered you run the risk of even bigger problems. Infections can go downhill very quickly and lead to more serious issues. Yes, you should be concerned and see a dentist asap! If it's after hours consider going to a 24/7 emergency medical facility. ...Read more

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My Wife is pregnant, has a capped a broken molar abscess and now has a toothache, increasing cheek swelling x 3days, jaw and facial tenderness to touch. On Keflex QD x1 switched to Clinda 300mg QID x10. Dentist wants to wait, ED says it's serious.

My Wife is pregnant, has a capped a broken molar abscess and now has a toothache, increasing cheek swelling x 3days, jaw and facial tenderness to touch. On Keflex QD x1 switched to Clinda 300mg QID x10. Dentist wants to wait, ED says it's serious.

Infection: Of course, all dental infections are serious. The infection needs to be controlled via the antibiotics. Not sure what your question is. The abscess might need to be drained. If the situation appears to be worsening, consult with an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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If a person is said to have had Ulcerative Colitis, would the UC still be an issue for them after the portion of the intestines that allegedly was aff?

If a person is said to have had Ulcerative Colitis, would the UC still be an issue for them after the portion of the intestines that allegedly was aff?

Specific Carb. Diet: Go on SCD- specific carbohydrate diet.
Refer to Elaine Gottschall's book " Breaking the Vicious Cycle"
Avoid complex carbohydrates- polysaccarides & disaccarides. Prohibited foods are grains, potatoes & lactose containing dairy.
may have fish, aged cheese & honey.
Google for details. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in my intestine (i asume) right after I defecate. I have colitis and it happens mostly at night. Is there something I could do?

I'm having pain in my intestine (i asume) right after I defecate. I have colitis and it happens mostly at night. Is there something I could do?

See a GI doctor: Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon and can be associated with diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, and blood in the stool. There are several causes of colitis. It is not possible to make a diagnosis of colitis with the symptoms you describe. There are other reasons for such discomfort, including irritable bowel syndrome, enteritis (small intestinal inflammation), gastritis. ...Read more

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Colitis problems as a kid; now 25 & often have pain with stools and blood on tissue paper (from outside of anus, not intestine). Any Recommendations?

Colitis problems as a kid; now 25 & often have pain with stools and blood on tissue paper (from outside of anus, not intestine). Any Recommendations?

Irritable bowel: Your symptoms are suggesting irritable bowel with possible external hemorrhoids/ fissure. Early mild inflammatory disease cannot be ruled out yet, but if your symptoms worsen do mention them to your physician. Try to stay well hydrated, exercise daily, avoid constipation as much as possible. ...Read more

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Can ulcerative colitis and tropical sprue sometimes occur Together. Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and inflammation in small intestine due to e.coli?

Depends: Ulcerative colitis can affect the terminal ileum and if that is the only part of small intestine affected, there is no need to invoke a second disease. This should best be discussed with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more

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My intestines were hurting. Diagnosed with colitis but now hurt. Had colonoscopy last yr. Could I have kidney cancer that spreadto colon?

My intestines were hurting. Diagnosed with colitis but now hurt. Had colonoscopy last yr. Could I have kidney cancer that spreadto colon?

Very unlikely: Colitis can cause pain. I don't know why you are thinking about kidney caner. Did you have it? If you are not being followed by someone for the colitis, you should find a good GI doc and establish a relationship. He or she could answer your questions a bit better I think. ...Read more

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What is colitis in the intestines if systems are fever, diarrhea, dehydration?

Colitis: There are several forms of colitis: infectious due to different bacteria or viruses, inflammatory such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, ischemic colitis due to poor blood supply. All of the above forms of colitis can cause diarrhea and fevers. To make a diagnosis which form is present often requires stool cultures, CT scan and possibly colonoscopy ...Read more

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I have rectal pain after bowel moments and its easing after a secretion come out from there. Is it colitis?

I have rectal pain after bowel moments and its easing after a secretion come out from there. Is it colitis?

Could be abscess: This could be an abscess. Fever, pain, increased drainage are other signs. If this worsens, it may require a procedure to open it up and allow it to drain.
The other likely possibility is thrombosed hemorrhoid. If the drainage was bloody or dark red, this is more likely. If it was tan or brownish, abscess is more likely.
Should probably see your primary care doctor about this. ...Read more

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My stomach and intestinal tract hurts and burns all the time. Could it be ulcertive colitis?

My stomach and intestinal tract hurts and burns all the time. Could it be ulcertive colitis?

GI burning: There is no report of ct scan? You are using prilosec. Good. Avoid advil (ibuprofen). You need egd & colonoscopy to find out the cause of burning and have GI consult. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have BAD ulcerative colitis, it feels as though there's a piranha eating my stomach. I have 100% piece of bowel lining in my poo, I feel like im dyin?

I have BAD ulcerative colitis, it feels as though there's a piranha eating my stomach. I have 100% piece of bowel lining in my poo, I feel like im dyin?

UC flare: You may be describing a flare of your ulcerative colitis. This deserves immediate attention to avoid what can be very significant (and potentially life-threatening) complications. PLEASE, seek emergency care now. ...Read more

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Could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

Potentially: There is no absolute time limit that can stay on this medication. If you find that it is helping with your ibs symptoms and you don't experience any side effects, your doctor may recommend that you maintain this therapy for the long term. Please note that ibs and colitis are not the same thing. While Amitriptyline has been used with some success in ibs, it does not treat colitis. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease. Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could amitryptiline be taken indefinitely for someone who has irritable bowel syndrome/colitis?

With supervision: The key is to have amitryptiline supervised by your doc. He/she will need to potentially monitor your heart rhythm and to counsel you against the potential side effects of the medication, which can include constipation, dry mouth, and dry eyes. However, if it is working, then it is potentially a good long-term medication. If it is not helping after 3 months, you should stop it. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more