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Hi my daughter 1year old had scarlet fever in oct last year and has been ill with one thing & another needing a lot of antibiotics since isit linked?

Hi my daughter 1year old had scarlet fever in oct last year and has been ill with one thing & another needing a lot of antibiotics since isit linked?

Depends...: So sorry about your little girl getting ill! The answer to your question depends on many things! Is she developmentally normal? What are her exposures to illness like? Is she in day care? What are these other illnesses? Are they colds? Why is she receiving antibiotics? Does she have multiple positive throat cultures for strep? Are they viruses? What are you most worried about? Try Prime! ...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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Large Lump on the inner lobe vagina had one 2 wks ago that was sore Squeezed it to gain relief only blood new 1 same thing on antibiotics/bathed it.?

Large Lump on the inner lobe vagina had one 2 wks ago that was sore Squeezed it to gain relief only blood new 1 same thing on antibiotics/bathed it.?

Needs evaluation: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. IT sounds like you are describing a Bartholin cyst. An Obgyn can look at it to confirm. Then if needed it can be surgically treated ...Read more

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Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Needs a re-check: One-sided sore throat, with a visible lesion, not resolved with antibiotic, brings to mind a couple if possibilities. One is a possible abscess. An abscess would need to be treated in the Emergency Room by an ENT specialist. The other thought would be evaluation for a tumor. In both instances, and in light of him not being better, he needs to be re-evaluated. If his voice is affected go to ER ...Read more

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Hello, I have been taking prescribed antibiotics in a pill form for a few days but today about 20 minutes after I took one, I vomited. Is this normal?

Hello, I have been taking prescribed antibiotics in a pill form for a few days but today about 20 minutes after I took one, I vomited. Is this normal?

No: Some antibiotics can irritate the stomach and are best taken with or just after food. Others are best absorbed on an empty stomach, however. Your pharmacist can advise you about your medications and how to take them. ...Read more

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Taking antibiotics, makes one feels tired?

Taking antibiotics, makes one feels tired?

Yes: Some antibiotics can sometimes cause a feeling of fatigue. Of course, the infection for which you are receiving the antibiotic could also be the cause. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take just one antibiotic a day?

Is it ok to take just one antibiotic a day?

Full Amount: It is best to take your antibiotics exactly as your physician prescribes. So take the full amount a day, and for the full length of time. If you miss a dose, try to take it as soon as you remember without taking multiple doses at one time. And it is important that even if you're feeling better after a few days-still take the full prescription to make sure you're rid of the infection. ...Read more

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Accidently took 2 antibiotics instead of one! Should I be worried?

Not yet: Did you take 2 doses of same antibiotic or 1 dose each of 2 different antibiotics? Either way, if it's just 1 extra dose, no serious harm...This time. Always double check labels on meds before taking. As the careful carpenter says, "measure twice, cut once.". ...Read more

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How long before stopping 1 antibiotic before starting a different one?

How long before stopping 1 antibiotic before starting a different one?

Immediately: You do not have to wait. Make sure it is prescribed. Sometimes we use a combination of antibiotics. If your infection was resistant to previous antibiotic you can start the new antibiotic right away. ...Read more

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After finishing 1 course of antibiotics is it ok to start another one?

After finishing 1 course of antibiotics is it ok to start another one?

Yes: As long as the second course of antibiotics is indicated - did your doctor prescribe it for the same condition or did you develop a second problem? Just be sure you need the antibiotics. ...Read more

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If your antibiotics say they must be taken every 6 hours is it ok to take one pill early if it is suppose to be taken at 2am?

Most of the time OK: Check with your doctor for sure but in most but not all cases taken on arising, lunch supper and at bedtime is close enough or even breakfast lunch supper bedtime. Certain IV antibiotics do need to adhere to the prescribed schedule but oral antibiotics have a little "wiggle room" just don't skip any doses and take 'em till they're gone! ...Read more

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I took three different antibiotics today. One early afternoon. The other two, took it all together tonight. Am I on the edge of overdosing myself?

I took three different antibiotics today. One early afternoon. The other two, took it all together tonight. Am I on the edge of overdosing myself?

Overdose: Occassionally multiple medications are prescribed to treat disease or medical conditions. Medications should be taken only as prescribed by a qualified physician to avoid adverse effects. If a particular regimen was recommended, and taken as advised, benefit likely outweighs risk. People should never take medication that is expired or wasn't prescibed to them to avoid complications and toxicity ...Read more

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Child prescribed antibuotic antibiotic for 5 days but there is still some left, should he take it one extra day or just toss the leftover medicine?

Child prescribed antibuotic antibiotic for 5 days but there is still some left, should he take it one extra day or just toss the leftover medicine?

Antibiotic left: It's wise to finish the course of antibiotics that was prescribed depending on the Diagnosis. Removing symptoms doesn't guarantee cure
A child might be treated for an ear infection +
If course of antibiotics isn't completed, there is increased chance of the infection coming back.
The antibiotic is prescribed
1) to alleviate the symptoms
2) Treat +cure infection
3) Prevent reinfection ...Read more

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I am on antibiotics basado, I take one tablet a day at night, but I forgot to take last nights, so should I take one tomorrow morn instead or not any?

I am on antibiotics basado, I take one tablet a day at night, but I forgot to take last nights, so should I take one tomorrow morn instead or not any?

New schedule: The simplest way to be back on a regular schedule would be to take one tomorrow morning, and then switch to an every morning schedule (not every night) until the antibiotics are finished. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens if you are given antibiotics for infection and then you find you don't have one and stop taking them?

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What happens if you are given antibiotics for infection and then you find you don't have one and stop taking them?

Resistance/diarrhea?: Taking antibiotics when not needed can lead to developing resistance. Not finishing a prescribed course of antibiotics can also do the same. It comes down to a matter of percentages. Let's say that antibiotic x can kill 99.99% of bacteria and you have 100, 000 colonies. After you finish your antibiotics, you're still left w/10 colonies that have survived & learned to resist this antibiotic. ...Read more

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When would one need antibiotics for bronchitis?

When would one need antibiotics for bronchitis?

Acute...: If acute bronchitis due to a bacterial infection is diagnosed by your doctor, then antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Can I not take my antibiotics for just one night so I can drink?

Can I not take my antibiotics for just one night so I can drink?

See below: Alcohol interacts with a few antibiotics such as Flagyl but can be taken while on most antibiotics if so desired. The alcohol should only be drunk in moderation and if you have a significant infection you should abstain until the infection is better. Do not skip any of your antibiotic doses. ...Read more