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Can oral antibiotics be successful in treating endocarditis?

Can oral antibiotics be successful in treating endocarditis?

No: Oral antibiotics are not recommended for treatment of endocarditis due to any organisms. Treatment requires 2 to 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics sometimes in combination depending on the infecting organism and whether on native or prosthetic heart valve. ...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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Can oral antibiotics be an effective treatment for sepsis?

Can oral antibiotics be an effective treatment for sepsis?

Sepsis: Sepsis is when bacteria spreads from a point of initial infection to the bloodstream. As a result, blood pressure decreases, heart rate rises, and breathing becomes labored. Sepsis typically recquires IV antibiotics in an icu. If missed or undertreated, a patient could die. ...Read more

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Can brain infections be treated by oral antibiotics in some cases?

Can brain infections be treated by oral antibiotics in some cases?

Dangerous: Any infection of the brain can be life threatening, and critical. Although viral meningitis may occasionally be handled with symptomatic oral medications, most brain infections require hospitalization and injectable antibiotics or antiviral agents, and occasionally, surgery. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Can an antibiotic sinus rinse be used in place of oral antibiotics for people who have chronic uris and sinus infections?

Yes: It is a good option for those who can't tolerate a long course (more than three weeks) of antibiotic or have another reason why they can't take the oral form. It can also be used in conjunction with a steroid mixed in the rinse. This might be the only option for some who have chronic sinus disease and whom surgery is not an option (or they are trying to avoid surgery). It is a worth a try. ...Read more

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How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

How long can you live with sepsis if IV antibiotics can't cure the infection but oral antibiotics are used to slow the spread of infection?

Maybe forever: If the doctors have switched to oral treatment, the sepsis itself probably is under control or cured. Continuing oral antibiotics probably is intended to cure whatever underlying infection led to sepsis, or keep it suppressed if not cured. The details depend on that underlying infeciton, different for each one: pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, bone, internal abscess, etc. Discuss with doctors. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for inner ear infection? Oral antibiotics aren't working could antibiotics through injections be a possible answer?

What is the treatment for inner ear infection? Oral antibiotics aren't working could antibiotics through injections be a possible answer?

Yes: Injected Rocephin (ceftriaxone) has been used but an inner ear infection that is not being adequately treated can spread to the mastoid air cells, a more serious situation. Another option is the placement of a small tube into the ear drum to allow infected fluid to drain out. Ear infections that are hard to clear can have blockage of the eustachain tube by enlarged adenoids. An ENT doctor can advise you. ...Read more

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Are antibiotic injections often used to treat a tooth infection?

Are antibiotic injections often used to treat a tooth infection?

No: Most tooth infections can be cured with oral antibiotics. When they can't, they may need surgery. ...Read more

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Are antibiotic injections used to treat a tooth infections?

Are antibiotic injections used to treat a tooth infections?

If serious, yes!: A serious and acute dental infection, especially one threatening to block a person's ability to breathe may very well require a dose of IV antibiotics to get the infection under control until the offending tooth (teeth) can be treated. ...Read more

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Which class of antibiotics would be prescribed for someone with bacterial meningitis?

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Which class of antibiotics would be prescribed for someone with bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Start with intravenous antibiotic with a corticosteroid, & one the type of bacteria is known from cultures, a more specific antibiotic can be started to combat that particular bacteria. ...Read more

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Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary. ...Read more

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Ok to use peroxide/other drops in ear while being treated for infection with oral antibiotics?

Ok to use peroxide/other drops in ear while being treated for infection with oral antibiotics?

Ok if no perforation: Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive way to clean excess wax from the ear. This is done by placing the peroxide in the ear about ten minutes before a shower and then rinsing the ear in the shower. Do not use a cotton swab. Although it will not do damage, using hydrogen peroxide when there is a hole in the eardrum will cause significant discomfort. ...Read more

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Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Which antiobiotic is 1) most commonly prescribed for sinus infection and 2) most effective at treating them?

Usually none: Antibiotics are not recommended for the majority of sinus infections, which are typically caused by viruses and get better on their own. When antibiotics are used for cases that are particularly severe or prolonged, the standard recommendation is Amoxicillin for those not allergic to penicillin. ...Read more

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Penicillin-resistant staph infection in eyes spread through head. Single antibiotics have failed. What would be the best antibiotic cocktail to take?

Follow directions: If you truly have a resistant staph infection you probably need IV antibiotics and at very least IV vancomycin should work. Is an infectious disease specialist involved? Have cultures with antibiotic susceptibilities been done? ...Read more

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Is BV susceptible to any other oral antibiotics besides Flagyl & clindamycin? Also how many days should meds be given for?

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Is BV susceptible to any other oral antibiotics besides Flagyl & clindamycin? Also how many days should meds be given for?

None: The only two antibiotics recommended are Flagyl and clindamycin, given for 7 days. There are some studies that suggest probiotics (either oral or intravaginal doses) can be helpful to suppress relapses, though! ...Read more

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Can antibiotic be given prior to treatment in case of acte pulpitis?

Can antibiotic be given prior to treatment in case of acte pulpitis?

I would: Not normally rx antibiotic for this condition. If the tooth hurts the best thing to do is to determine the source of the pain and solve the problem. You do not want to become antibiotic resistant. ...Read more

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