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Can You Take Keflex For Sinus Infection
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a broad spectrum antibiotic. Not everyone would agree that it is a "best drug" for a sinus infection. There may be others that wold be considered better for this. The question is "do you really have a sinus infection?" a sinus infection can be a viral infection in the upper passages with pain and discomfort or allergies with fullness/congestion and pain or frank bacterial infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple options : Sinus infections occur when the nose is blocked. Antibiotics may be required. However, the runny or blocked nose is caused by chemical mediators like histamine or leukotrienes. So taking antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and loratidine (claritin) help block the chemical mediators your body produces and helps stop the symptoms. Nasal saline sprays, decongestants, steroid nose sprays can help as well. ...Read more
Amox or Penicillin?: Both are commonly prescribed effective antibiotics but it won't matter which one you take as without appropriate dental treatment to remove the cause of the infection, you won't resolve the problem. This requires professional dental treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotic caution: It's best to get a doc's input on whether you need antibiotics or not...Particularly in this day and age when side effects can be worse (C. diff) and resistant germs are on the rise. The IDSA (Infectious Disease Society of America) is against antibiotics for sinus infections. Best to see a doc and get proper advice before you go treating yourself. There's other good treatment that can be tried. ...Read more
Bid with less anti.: Macrobid works as a bacteria-static agent preventing growth of bacteria, sometimes normal flora like e. Coli, by keeping exponential bacterial growth at bay. It is used as a strategy to prevent uti's with intercourse or to help someone who suffers from chronic infections to break the cycle without exposing a patient to antibiotic exposure which can cause drug resistance. ...Read more
Nasal saline spray: Many sinus infections are viral. Over-the-counter medications can make you more comfortable, like anti-inflammatory meds (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) and decongestants (puedoephedrine). Steam and nasal irrigation can help. If your symptoms worsen or persist for more than 7-10 days, you may need antibiotics for a bacterial infection. ...Read more
Yes: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store such as ocean spray or simply saline. High- volume rinsing with a neilmed bottle or neti pot are often even better. You need to see your physician if your symptoms lasts more than two weeks or you develop fever or facial headaches. ...Read more
Macrobid/Doxycycline: Macrobid is an antibiotic used in treating urinary tract infection. Doxycycline can be used to treat strep infection. Antibiotics of choice for strep throat is penicillin or amoxicillin, for ear infection amoxicillin or augmentin. Important to not self diagnose or use left over antibiotics. Follow up with doctor for definitive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Not always 1st choic: Amoxicillin is not always the first choice for a tooth abscess. Simple pen v-k is very effective & if it is a recurring abscess, Clindamycin is next best. All depends on the severity of the problem & of course if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. I wouldn't take it as a matter of fact, see your dentist & decide. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not reliable: If you have had a positive urine culture for a bacteria known to be senstivie to amoxicillin, it will work very well. However, many bacteria that cause UTI are resistant to it, and amoxicillin should not be used for UTI's if testing hasn't been done. Definitely do not treat yourself with leftover amoxicillin. Discuss with your doctor and follow her advice. ...Read more
Can you take Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) for possible tooth infection until you see your dentist?
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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