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Hi, I've had what I think is viral tonsillitis for about two weeks. I took an anti bacterial medicine orally for 10 days but to no avail. WIll it go?

Hi, I've had what I think is viral tonsillitis for about two weeks. I took an anti bacterial medicine orally for 10 days but to no avail. WIll it go?

Throat: Probably should see ENT for exam and throat culture. Most she throat are not bacterial, therefore do not need antibiotics. Can lead to adverse reactions, allergy and candidiasis ...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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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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Can you take antbiotics and ant viral medication at the same time?

Can you take antbiotics and ant viral medication at the same time?

What and why?: Your question raises several questions: (1) which antiviral? (2) why? We try to avoid 'shotgun medicine, ' meaning treating everything under the sun without figuring out what you're treating. ...Read more

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I missed a dose of my antibiotic for my sinusitis; is that enough time for the bacteria to develop resistance?

I missed a dose of my antibiotic for my sinusitis; is that enough time for the bacteria to develop resistance?

Unlikely: Antibiotic dosage schedules are designed to have an overlap of coverage so that the level of the antibiotic does not get lower than needed for coverage when the next dose is given. If you missed a dose, you almost certainly had some available in your body and resistance development for this reason is unlikely. ...Read more

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Can there be more than 102 f temperature in babies in case of viral illness. How many days it takes to recover. Is there need antibiotics?

Can there be more than 102 f temperature in babies in case of viral illness. How many days it takes to recover. Is there need antibiotics?

See Dr. Now: If your baby has a fever, you should definitely visit your pediatrician or go to the emergency room for a proper evaluation. Your baby could have an infection which might need to be treated right away. The severity of the fever does not indicate whether it is caused by a virus or bacteria. The baby may require antibiotics. Get this looked at asap! ...Read more

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What can you take to clear a vaginal bacteria infection if you can't get a antibiotic?

What can you take to clear a vaginal bacteria infection if you can't get a antibiotic?

Please see a doctor: Some types of vaginal bacteria are normal, but you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing your infection, & to get the right treatment. This is very important as some infections can spread to other sites and make you very sick. Also please make sure you don't pass this to someone else. I would recommend you avoid sex until you get treated. Most bacterial infections require an antibiotic. ...Read more

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How do you know if bronchitis is viral or bacteria type? Don't want to take antibiotics if it's viral

How do you know if bronchitis is viral or bacteria type? Don't want to take antibiotics if it's viral

Mgt: If you are producing sputum a bacterial culture may be ordered, but the vast majority of bronchitic infections are viral. ...Read more

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If you take freq antibiotics, does that kill dental bacteria and stop cavities?

No: Taking antibiotics long term is not good for you. Antibiotics will reduce the numbers of "good" bacteria in your body as well as the bad. Why are you taking frequent antibiotics? Antibiotics will not kill plaque bacteria streptococcus mutans in your mouth. The only way to stop dental decay is through frequent brushing and flossing and seeing the dentist at least every 6 months. ...Read more

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How can all these bacteria become resistant to common antibiotics at the same time? What can be done?

How can all these bacteria become resistant to common antibiotics at the same time? What can be done?

Past overuse: Overuse of common and 3rd level antibiotics for everything from a common "viral cold" to sore throats have "allowed bacteria to evolve and change their cell walls to resist many antibiotics. The centers for disease control in atlanta has asked physicians to curtail non-indicated antibiotic use for that reason as we are "running out" of new more advanced antibiotics for rx. ...Read more

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Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Will viral or bacterial pneumonia cure itself depending on time?

Maybe but it depends: I know you want a more definitive answer but my crystal ball is in the shop being repaired. Is it possible to get over an pneumonia (and for that matter, any other infection) w/o taking antibiotics? Sure! But unless the infection is mild and you're super healthy, the odds aren't in your favor. While we can't treat viral infections (unlike bacterial ones), we can provide respiratory, etc support. ...Read more

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Would like to know if it's necessary to take anti-viral for herpes zoster?

Would like to know if it's necessary to take anti-viral for herpes zoster?

Of course: For most cases of acute HZ the use of antiviral therapy (acyclovir, famciclovir or valacyclovir), is recommended to prevent postherpetic neuralgia, a dreaded and extremely painful complication of HZ. ...Read more

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I've had bacterial meningitus once and viral 3 times over 18 year time. Are there long term effects from these illnesses? Or from so many lp?

I've had bacterial meningitus once and viral 3 times over 18 year time. Are there long term effects from these illnesses? Or from so many lp?

Meningitis: Long-term complications of meningitis can include memory loss, residual headache, learning difficulties, and weakness to name a few. If you have recurrent cases of meningitis, you could have a condition called "mollaret's meningitis". For more information, talk to your doctor and visit: http://www. Meningitisfoundationofamerica. Org/templates/content-view/92/index. Html. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

Conjunctivitis: Antibiotic eye drops for "pink eye" or conjunctivitis are usually prescribed for
a total of 7 days. However, complete improvement can be seen as early as 2 to
3 days after the start of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Can I use more than one anti-viral for herpes simplex type 2 at te same time? How this can affect my health?

Poly-antiviral tx?: Most cases of hsv will resolve on their own but will resolve more quickly w/antiviral therapy. Abreva otc may work altho we see frequent rapid relapse. Almost all hsv is susceptible to Acyclovir (& its family of agents). Using these 2 together is probably ok. Using 2 Acyclovir derivatives together will just cost you $$$. There currently no other oral agents/effective topical agents. Coming soon. ...Read more

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Can I take 50 mg of Vyvance with my anti viral medicine for my cold sores and excedrin in the same day? Is it dangerous to mix these drugs?

Can I take 50 mg of Vyvance with my anti viral medicine for my cold sores and excedrin in the same day? Is it dangerous to mix these drugs?

Pharmacy question: The real answer is your pharmacy can cross check it's data base for drug/drug interactions.

Vyvanse is a well tolerated drug and is most probably safe with your other medications but you need to get your pharmacy to do their homework. Their data base is best. ...Read more

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How long it takes for a reactive adenopathy (dueto a bacteria infection) to disappear after taking the antibiotic. Might it stay for 2 months?

How long it takes for a reactive adenopathy (dueto a bacteria infection) to disappear after taking the antibiotic. Might it stay for 2 months?

Lymphadenitis: Bacterial lymphadenitis should resolve in a couple of weeks. Mycobacterium /fungal lymphadenitis will take longer from several weeks to months. If you have significant lymphadenopathy and does not resolve after antibiotic and remains bigger for 2 months- you should f/u with your md and gets further evaluation- to rule out other conditions like lymphoma, autoimmune disease etc. ...Read more

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I get a UTI every time I have raw sex with my boyfriend are uti caused by sex? Do my boyfriend need antibiotics? Does my boyfriend carry bacteria?

I get a UTI every time I have raw sex with my boyfriend are uti caused by sex? Do my boyfriend need antibiotics? Does my boyfriend carry bacteria?

Sex and UTI in women: Sex often triggers UTI in women. Not an STD, nothing you catch from your partner and he doesn't need treatment. Some women have bacteria that cause UTI near the vaginal opening, which are massaged into the urethra during sex. Low dose of antibiotic after sex (or about 3x a week, whichever is less frequent) can be effective prevention. Discuss w/ your doc, or see infectious diseases specialist. ...Read more

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Does your body eventually get rid of clymydia ans if you take rake antibiotics? Is not, than why can other bacteria be cured with no medicine bur not

Does your body eventually get rid of clymydia ans if you take rake antibiotics? Is not, than why can other bacteria be cured with no medicine bur not

Yes, but....: I think you're asking if chlamydia clears up without antibiotic treatment. The answer is yes, but it can take months or maybe even years. During all that time, it can be transmitted to sex partners and can cause complications like epididymitis, fallopian tube infection in women (PID, leading to infertility), and other complications. If infected or exposed, you need treatment for sure. ...Read more

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I have a BV and took some antibiotic pills for 5days it don't work is it ok to take rephresh pro-b for yeasts an bacteria or don't take anything?

I have a BV and took some antibiotic pills for 5days it don't work is it ok to take rephresh pro-b for yeasts an bacteria or don't take anything?

Get Checked: All woman have normal bacteria in their reproductive tract. Taking antibiotics for 5 days can change those bacteria and cause overgrowth of some. The best treatment requires a proper diagnosis. I understand it may be a hassle, but taking certain medicines/over-the-counter drugs can delay diagnosis/proper treatment and potentially make things worse. I would recommend seeing your physician. ...Read more

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Having2teeth pulled due2decay bacteria causing gum pain. I have no spleen, undifferentiated conec. Tissue, had mrsa, GI probs. Should I take antibiotic?

Having2teeth pulled due2decay bacteria causing gum pain. I have no spleen, undifferentiated conec. Tissue, had mrsa, GI probs. Should I take antibiotic?

Antiobiotic Coverage: You should definitely inform the dds or oral surgeon prior to your tooth extractions of your complete medical history. Then, I would be sure that person contacts your physician to confirm your med history and ask for his/her recommendations prior to any invasive dental procedures. Finally, follow directions regarding the need for antibiotic coverage either before or after your dental treatment. ...Read more

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Hi doc I have a problem of urinalysis always the bacteria not going how many times I drink antibiotic for the infection thanks..

Hi doc I have a problem of urinalysis always the bacteria not going how many times I drink antibiotic for the infection thanks..

Physician's call: The bacteria may be contaminants (i explain to my male medical students how it's often impossible to get a midstream clean-catch on a female), or you may have what's called "asymptomatic bacteriuria" which many (most?) physicians nowadays think it's best not to treat. Get a consult if any doubts. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for bacterial contagious pinkeye treated with antibiotic eye drops?

Pinkeye: Most pinkeye is due to viral infection. The 40 or so viruses which can cause this have a symptom cycle of 3 to 10 days of activity until recovery except for the several that cause corneal immune deposits which can last longer. Antibiotic eyedrops do not treat viral disease but merely prevent secondary bacterial invasion. They do not alter the time cycle of the viral infection. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Is it okay to take anti-viral amantadine for a common cold that has lasted more than a month?

Cold: If you have cold symptoms which have lasted more than a month, you should see a doctor and be evaluated. It may be nothing much but maybe it is something more than a cold or series of colds dragging on. ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more