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How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

How concerned should I be about the spread of carbapenem resistant bacteria?

If you have it, very: If not, it is not something within your sphere of control unless you are likely to be hospitalized. You can request data from a hospital on the frequency with which they are seeing these organisms, and you can try hard not to be hospitalized, but sometimes these things are beyond your ability to manage. The risk is present and growing more so. ...Read more

Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Topical Antibiotic (Definition)

A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best ...Read more


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What is a carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection? Who catches it? Is that something we have to worry about?

Shouldn't worry: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae is a nasty antibiotic resistant bacteria. People who catch are people who are staying in a hospital for a long time (weeks to months) or people in nursing homes. If you are healthy person you should not have to worry about this bacteria because it is not usually in the outside world. ...Read more

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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Ask if you need to take Amoxicillin or another antibiotic a few days before your oral surgery. ...See more

Dr. Kristi Woods Dr. Woods
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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow the directions on the label
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Take all doses as directed; don't stop when you feel better
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Do not take someone else's antibiotics
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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Why was I given a different antibiotic for c. Dificile?

Why was I given a different antibiotic for c. Dificile?

The 1st didn't work: Clostridium difficile can be "difficile" to treat and might not respond to the first round of antibiotics (usually Metronidazole or vancomycin) it some times takes weeks of antibiotics to treat this infection, in fact. Stick with the new antibiotic and good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Greenleaf
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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Exposure to unnecessary antibiotics is increasing bacterial resistance in the world. ...See more

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Best antibiotic for c diff?

Best antibiotic for c diff?

Just two: 1st stop the antibiotic that caused it. Sometimes that's enough. The usual starting is Flagyl while more severe cases require oral vancomycin. There are several other antibiotics occasionally used. ...Read more

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Do IV antibiotics cause c diff?

Do IV antibiotics cause c diff?

Most common: cause for C diff colitis, one of the most common in hospital acquired complication. Many other factors may contribute, too. ...Read more

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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Not completing the course of antibiotics and frequent use of antibiotics leads to resistancy. ...See more

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I have fever around 38.8 C. Is taking Zinnat antibiotic good?

I have fever around 38.8 C.  Is taking Zinnat antibiotic good?

Cefuroxime axetil: That all depends upon whether your fever is due to an infection caused by a bacteria sensitive to this antibiotic. There are many other possibilities. Be careful, inappropriate antibiotic use may have severe negative consequences. ...Read more

Dr. Betsy Greenleaf Dr. Greenleaf
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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Got a cold, ahhh-chooo? Antibiotics only when necessary. ...See more

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Can food cause C Diff? Like if beef you buy that had antibiotics? Or processed foods?

Can food cause C Diff? Like if beef you buy that had antibiotics? Or processed foods?

Contamination: Food can be contaminated with c.diff bacteria and contribute to it's spread. There presently isn't a clear link between antibiotic use in beef and c.diff proliferation, but in theory it's possible, just as there is some suggestion of antibiotic use in beef and the spread of drug resistant bacteria. ...Read more

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What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?

What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?

Uncommon but real: This is an uncommon but real issue.Risk varies with the type/duration and intensity of antibiotic use (IV vs oral,etc.) Many centers do stool surveillance cultures to spot this in higher risk patients. Resistance is an everyday issue today which drives us to be selective & specific on antibiotic use.The risk of an individual having to deal with these is part of dealing with healthcare today ...Read more

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What antibiotic can you safely take after having c diff 3 months ago? Also. How can you prevent recurrences?

Almost all : Antibiotics alter the healthy micro-flora in the gut and are therefore a setup for c diff. So none is completely safe. Probiotics or yogurt with active cultures may be of some help. ...Read more

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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

When and what can i eat after the procedure? Do i need antibiotics? What should I take for pain? ...See more

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Is nitroufrantoin a broad or narrow spectrum antibiotic? Taking 50mg 4x per day for a week. Worried about C.diff

Is nitroufrantoin a broad or narrow spectrum antibiotic? Taking 50mg 4x per day for a week. Worried about C.diff

Relatively narrow.: nitrofurantoin is a common antibiotic used to treat urinary tract infections. For infections which are sensitive to it, it does a good job of treating them. Although it is possible to get C. difficile from any course of antibiotics, it is unlikely given a seven day course of nitrofurantoin. stick with your antibiotic, and take it until it is gone. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Steve Springer Dr. Springer
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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Indication? Recovery time? Possible results? Complications? Follow up visits? Antibiotics? Pain? ...See more

Dr. Romeo Mandanas Dr. Mandanas
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Carbapenem antibiotic (Tip)

Do I need white blood cell growth factors or prophylactic antibiotics? ...See more

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Friend has c-diff. On antibiotics 4 days, but still having symptoms.Is she likely still contagious? I'm supposed to see her tomorrow and concerned

Friend has c-diff. On antibiotics 4 days, but still having symptoms.Is she likely still contagious? I'm supposed to see her tomorrow and concerned

Defense to C. Diff: C. Diff infection is notorious for being spread easily, especially in hospital settings which is why they have isolation precautions. Individuals treated in the outpatient (home) setting usually have very specific instructions to follow to prevent spread to family or friends. Observing these precautions during therapy will reduce or eliminate risk to others. Good hand-washing is essential. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics a must if Sinusitis lasts more than ten days? I'm allergic to many and have a C Diff history. C Diff free for year but nervous of atx.

Are antibiotics a must if Sinusitis lasts more than ten days? I'm allergic to many and have a C Diff history. C Diff free for year but nervous of atx.

Not a must: I would not say they are a must. Our guidelines recommend treatment for sinusitis for symptoms of a cold persisting between 10 to 14 days with no improvement. That said, I prefer waiting the 14 days in patients who are not febrile, without facial pain and erythema. I would take this approach especially in a patient with multiple allergies and a c diff history. Feel better! ...Read more

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How to prevent c-diff while on antibiotics?

How to prevent c-diff while on antibiotics?

Yogurt with cultures: Talk non pasteurized yogurt (has to have active cultures in it). ...Read more

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How long after finishing antibiotics would c diff appear?

Time can be variable: There's a variation in time from sooner to later. If this is a suspicion your physician can test it. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get c.Diff 6 months after last dose of antibiotics?

Is it possible to get c.Diff 6 months after last dose of antibiotics?

Yes, it is: C diff can happen at any time and it can be 6 months after an antibiotic dose. Some people never have symptoms or they may be mild. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics safe anymore? Seems u get this c diff bug while tryin to get better from another illness. Why is this? I'm a unlucky 1 who caught this

Safe if needed: If you need antibiotics for a documented bacterial infection and not just for a "cold" or non indicated reason it is safe. There is always a risk of c. Difficile under any circumstances. ...Read more

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Please clarify why c-diff happens more often after ending antibiotics vs. while still on them? Tested for c-diff while on meds, neg. Now done, worried

Please clarify why c-diff happens more often after ending antibiotics vs. while still on them? Tested for c-diff while on meds, neg. Now done, worried

No need to worry: There's a difference between Clotridium difficile symptoms and testing. When antibioitcs suppress other bacteria, it can take several days for C diff to grow to enough to cause symptoms, which might happen even after the antibiotic is stopped. But if a stool test was negative, then you had no C diff in your intestines at all. In that base, once stopping it you are at little or no risk of symptoms. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

How long after taking antibiotics can you get c.Diff?

Often within 60 days: Most cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 2 weeks of taking antibiotics. Almost all (90%) of cases of c.Diff colitis occur within 60 days of taking antibiotics. However, a few cases may occur up to 3 months or longer after antibiotics. Other risk factors for developing c. Diff colitis include: age >65; hospitalization, chemotherapy, GI surgery & procedures, HIV & use of proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of the antibiotics meropenem and dalacin-c?

What are the side effects of the antibiotics meropenem and dalacin-c?

Not serious: Side effects aren't rare with meropenem and clindamycin (Dalacin-C®), but most people have none. More important, these drugs would not be used unless you have (or are suspected to have) a very serious infection. The danger from inadequate treatment is far higher than the risk of anything serious from the drugs. Discuss with your doctor, preferaly an infectious diseases specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can C.Diff be cured by itself with probiotics or does it require antibiotics intervention?

Can C.Diff be cured by itself with probiotics or does it require antibiotics intervention?

Can be serious: The illness may be mild and can self cure, but if you are seriously sick, don't bet your life on a probiotic. Wishing a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Is there a way to test for c diff before starting antibiotics? And a way to eliminate it if you have it?

Is there a way to test for c diff before starting antibiotics? And a way to eliminate it if you have it?

No: The creature is everywhere in small numbers. Antibiotics kill off the nice germs that keep it at bay. ...Read more

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Wnen somebody has to be on antibiotics, is there anthing to do to minimize 2ndary c dif possibility (yogurt? Supplements? Etc.)

Florastor: The probiotic florastor, a yeast based probiotic containing a saccromyces species, has been shown to decrease the risk of recurrent c-diff and is a reasonable choice for prevention during antibiotic treatment, along with good hygeine practices. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of c-diff? I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the past 6 months and am still having symtoms

How long does it take to get rid of c-diff?  I have been on antibiotics 3 times in the past 6 months and am still having symtoms

See below: If antibiotics, the conventional treatment, have not been effective, you may wish to discuss the option of fecal transplant with your doctor. See this site for more information in this topic. You may wish to contact a medical school near you to avail of this treatment. http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/quick-inexpensive-90-percent-cure-rate. ...Read more

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Can cats/animals carry c-diff? On antibiotics and wonder if i should worry about touching my cat/changing litter? I'm washing often but wonder

Can cats/animals carry c-diff? On antibiotics and wonder if i should worry about touching my cat/changing litter? I'm washing often but wonder

You're fine: You have some C. difficile on board yourself. We simply hope it doesn't overgrow while you're on antibiotics. I'm glad you have your cat and your cat has you. Clean the cat's litter daily; it prevents the risk to you of toxoplasmosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. David Rosenberg
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Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more


Antibiotics Overdose (Definition)

Antibiotics are medications that are used to treat bacterial infections. An overdose occurs when one is taking more than the correct dose of the medication. Overdoses can sometimes cause ...Read more