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Can taking a daily vitamin prevent parasite infection?

Can taking a daily vitamin prevent parasite infection?

No.: There are many, many different parasitic infections. I know of no daily vitamin that helps prevent any of them. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Can taking probiotics daily help prevent getting the stomach bug (especially if you've been exposed)? I've been taking a daily probiotic for months.

Can taking probiotics daily help prevent getting the stomach bug (especially if you've been exposed)? I've been taking a daily probiotic for months.

May not: Probiotics most likely don't prevent viral intestinal infections, but may lessen and/ or shorten the symptoms of cramping and diarrhea. They may also prevent or modify a post viral irritable bowel syndrome that often follows a viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Can chicken liver help prevent vitamin a deficiency and risk for infection?

Can chicken liver help prevent vitamin a deficiency and risk for infection?

Little effect: Vitamin a deficiency in the usa is extremely rare and only occurs with extreme diets. Chicken liver can give you and extra amount of this vitamin but the effect will not be noticed. Infection risk is not related to vitamin a level unless you have an extreme lowering which is difficult to do in this country. ...Read more

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Which daily vitamin can I be taking to boost my immnue system?

Which daily vitamin can I be taking to boost my immnue system?

Almost all of them!: Research shows that vitamins a, b complex (esp. B6, B12 ; folic acid) c, d, e ; k all enhance immune function. Bioflavonoids ; minerals like zinc are also important for immune function. Medicinal mushrooms like turkey-tails work well too i recommend the book the road to immunity by kenneth bock md for info on diet, nutrients, herbs, mind-body techniques ; other approaches to boosting immunity. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

I'm currently taking a daily prenatal vitamin. Is it ok to also take a daily biotin supplement? Thank you!

So I don't really: know if you are taking prenatal vitamins in case you get pregnant or actually are pregnant. Biotin would be considered safe in pregnancy, but it is best to consult your prenatal physician/midwife before adding any supplement. Biotin/B7 can be found in cauliflower, yeast, egg yolk, avocado, raspberries, salmon, etc--the best sources. Some women feel biotin may prevent postpartum hair loss. ...Read more

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Is there such a thing as too much probiotics? I try to eat yogurt daily and started taking a probiotic (25 billion) to prevent bacterial vaginosis.

Is there such a thing as too much probiotics? I try to eat yogurt daily and started taking a probiotic (25 billion) to prevent bacterial vaginosis.

Very safe: We have about 100 trillion bacteria in our intestines so 25 billion is a relatively small and safe amount. Some probiotics contain much higher amounts yet are considered safe. See http://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics ...Read more

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Could taking vitamin C help prevent the flu?

Could taking vitamin C help prevent the flu?

Vitamin C: Short answer, probably not. Best prevention is good hand washing and the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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I take 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D once a week. Will taking a daily multi-vitamin cause me to be taking in too much Vitamin D?

I take 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D once a week. Will taking a daily multi-vitamin cause me to be taking in too much Vitamin D?

Hardly...: ur multi likely has 400iu - less than 1% of 50,000iu. it wont matter. whats more important to know is that if ur an average size the 50,000 weekly will only get u a level in the 30s. to get closer to a level of 50 u will need at least 5000 iu a day. daily doses yield higher levels with less total dose. ...Read more

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Can you get a urine infection from multivitamin tablets ?

Can you get a urine infection from multivitamin tablets ?

UTI and vitamins: No, you cannot get a urine infection (UTI) from vitamin pills. They are mostly caused by bacteria whose entry into the bladder are unaffected by taking vitamin pills. ...Read more

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Can you take phenoxylcillin for a water infection ?

Can you take phenoxylcillin for a water infection ?

Water infection?: Do you mean urinary infection? And possibly Phenoxymethylpeniicillin? So, if that is what you meant, you can TAKE Pen VK as it is called, for a urinary infection, but it isn't very effective. Generally, you shouldn't have old penicillins lying around and should get a diagnosis and a new prescription for any new infection. ...Read more

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Can flagyl med be taken every year as a preventive measure from any intestinal bacterial infection?

Can flagyl med be taken every year as a preventive measure from any intestinal bacterial infection?

No not at all: No it is not a good idea to take it the way you described.Flagyl is an antibiotic and is not to be taken unless prescribed by a doctor for appropriate infection.It is not to be taken to prevent intestinal infection ...Read more

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Should you avoid or supplement with folic acid while taking sulfonamides for an infection ?

Should you avoid or supplement with folic acid while taking sulfonamides for an infection ?

Folic acid: It is always a good idea for young women (childbearing age) to supplement with folic acid. Folic acid has been shown to prevent some types of birth defects especially if it being taken during the 3 months prior to pregnancy and the first 3 months of pregnancy. Folic acid is an important building block for red blood cells, and good for any woman that is having menstrual periods. ...Read more

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Is 5 days of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken 500 mg twice daily enough to treat a recurrent bladder infection?

Is 5 days of Cipro (ciprofloxacin) taken 500 mg twice daily enough to treat a recurrent bladder infection?

Yes: It should be plenty enough for uncomplicated cystitis.I see you are on fluconazole.Did you get a yeast infection? Be sure to empty your bladder after sex and follow doctor instructions. If no cause for recurrence has been diagnosed,and it becomes a problem,your dr may have you take one antibiotic pill after sex.Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm currently taking levofloxacin 500mg tablets for a sinus infection, can this also be used to treat the yeast infection i've developed?

It likely caused it.: Levofloxacin in a broad spectrum antibiotic that not only kills bad bacteria, but also the good ones that maintain an environment that is hostile to yeast. Most likely, the very antibiotic you think could be used, is likely what contributed to the cause of your infection. I would recommend a dose of Fluconazole (diflucan) 150mg by mouth. ...Read more

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