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Do Antibiotics Help Fight Impetigo
Yes: Impetigo is a skin infection caused by staph or strep. This infection is quite common in children. Mild cases can be treated with topical antibiotic creams but more severe cases may require oral antibiotics. Impetigo is contagious, particularly if you touch the fluid that oozes from the sores. Make sure you practice good hand washing if you come in contact. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways...: Antibiotics "fight bacteria" in several different ways. Some antibiotics attack the cell wall / cell membrane of bacteria punching holes in the organisms, killing the bacteria. Others interfere with key enzymes within the bacteria making the bacteria unable to replicate. Each specific antibiotic functions in a unique way to structurally damage the bacteria or to stop them from reproducing. ...Read more
This is a common RX: Depending on the type of acne, the use of antibiotic solutions or oral antibiotics are sometimes used as part of treatment. The drawback is the skin germs can become resistant to whatever is being used at the time which leads to treatment failure. Find a skin doc you can work with and come up with a treatment plan you can work with. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First product.......: Antibiotic ointments are heavily marketed, available and used for first product on a new wound. They are oil based. The antibiotics they contain; not prescription. Wash the wound with mild soap, rinse well with water, hairdryer the area, cover with gauze and get to your doc with a serious wound. Occasionally wound care gets delayed by hopes the antibiotic ointment will cure. ...Read more
Further issues: I answered the other question you had about this topic. Clearly you have an infection or something that has been seen and either has or needs to be treated. If you've been prescribed treatment, i'd suggest following it. If you've been receiving treatment and it's not working, you may need a second opinion or recheck to make sure it's what you think it is. ...Read more
Typically No: Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) is a skin organism and also colonizes the nose and rectal area. Recent studies also show that it thrives in the mouth, hence, one can theoretically acquire Staph by kissing another individual ---- this however does not mean outright infection or disease. ...Read more
Will antibiotics prevent impetigo? I’m on antibiotics for acne. Will this also prevent impetigo?
Sex as an Antidote: I'm unaware of any actual infection that sexual activity can help treat or prevent. However, sexual activity has many other healthy benefits of decreasing stress and anxiety and lowering aggression. If these are improved it seems reasonable to postulate that immune function could be enhanced, which in turn could improve ones ability to fight off illness or disease; it's possible but not proven. ...Read more
By killing...: ...Or inhibiting the bacteria causing the infection. The antibiotic is toxic to the bacteria, but not to the human who is infected. If, however, an infection is caused by something other than bacteria, a virus or a fungus for example, then the antibiotics do not work at all. ...Read more
Mrsa: Few are allicin (in garlic), psylocynin (in wild mushroom), and topical hydrogen peroxide. ...Read more
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