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Does Alcohol Inhibit Bacteria Growth
How can I test alcohol/non-alcohol mouthwash for a science fair without dealing using bacteria or people?
Tricky!: This really depends on what questions you're trying to answer. The most important questions I can think of about (non)/alcohol-based rinses include both bacteria and human elements. It sounds like you're trying to zero in on chemistry without biology; understanding your results may lack biological relevance, set up a test that shows the effect of (the alcohol) on another substance material or dye. ...Read more
Should alcohol be used to sanitize a cut? Does the alcohol cause more irritation than kill bacteria?
It kills many things: Including damaging the cells in our body that fight infection - the 2 kinds of white blood cells that eat up bacteria and viruses (granulocytes) and the kind that make antibodies (lymphocytes). Alcoholics get more infections than most people, often with very dangerous and difficult-to-treat germs. Alcohol in your bloodstream does not kill bacteria, it kills your ability to combat them. ...Read more
Endoscopy show mild gastritis. No bacteria no alcohol or nsaid. Intense hunger pain. How to heal faster? Same symptoms.
Sure, but maybe...: ...Your symptoms arise outside the stomach, like pancreas, biliary tree, etc. Stomach issues can be categorized as: problems with inflammation (e.g. Ulcers), with infection (e.g. H.Pylori or parasites), with motility (examples: gastroparesis, gastric outlet obstruction), with secretion (hyper or hypo-acidity), infiltrative (lymphoma, cancer), blood flow (gastropathies), functional dyspepsias, etc. ...Read more
After drinking probiotics, my wife drank beer. Does that mean the good bacteria are All killed by the alcohol and she is wasting my probiotics?
No: The probiotics survive stomach acid so I think beer is ok.. ...Read more
MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?
Possible but rare: Thick finger stick causes capillary bleeding (superficial) and little to no chance of entering the bloodstream. You should notify the testing office of what happened. ...Read more
There is a foul smell coming from my Flonase nasal spray bottles tip. Bacteria? Shall I use it or thoroughly clean it with alcohol beforehand?
Can I prevent food poising if I drank alcohol with food? I'm traveling to india and getting anxious. Doesn't alcohol kill germs and bacteria and parasite
Alcohol/ food poison: Doubt it, would have to soak food before eating in 70% alcohol for 10 minutes (> 140 proof), may be more then 10 minutes for dense foods as every niche has to be soaked. Bacteria will resist destruction by the stomach (very acid pH of 2-4) and then grow in the intestines. Eat completely cooked foods/meats (nothing raw or pink), fish, boiled disinfected water. Bring peptobismol, discuss with MD ...Read more
Are alcohol based sanitizers effective against killing germs/bacterias that cause boils, MRSA or staph infection?
YEs: I know there have been studies with Hibicleanse that do show it does help at reducing MRSA recureence. ...Read more
How effective are alcohol wipes at getting rid of viruses/bacteria on surfaces? I use them to wipe my hands after pumping gas, cleaning my phone, etc
Uti bacteria present, but no symptoms. Prescribed nitrofurantoin. Is it ok to drink alcohol? Dr said okay, or I can begin pills after weekend away.
Yes: The two are not known to negatively interact, having a drink should be okay. ...Read more
Whitehead like pimples on my penile shaft with hairs I applied alcohol for bacteria and the pimples have decreased in size and are scab like now help?
Yes: Social alcohol consumption is fine in the recovery period. It is not going to amplify any "brain" issues of the infection as long as it is kept to a reasonable amount. If you overdo it, you are more likely to get brain injury falling down & hitting your head than from the alcohol itself, but no need to test that idea. ...Read more
Is it true that taking a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux can cause bad breath by allowing bacteria / fungi to accumulate in high pH environment?
Been diagnosed with Non bacterial chronic prostatis - no alcohol and masturbation then? Also, this comes and goes? How long for?
Is alcohol denatured a carcinogen? I use 12 anti bacterial wipes. Does this increase my cancer risk?
Not a carcinogen: But it is an irritant. Do not be afraid of germs most of them are quite friendly and we need them ...Read more
On metronidazle for a vaginal bacterial imbalance and I wasn't told not to drink alcohol while on it by my doctor. But I'm having bad hot flashes now and I read the instructions and it says not to drink on it cause it can cause sickness or hot flashe?
Is to okay to drink alcohol while taking Lexofloxacin? I am taking it for a possible bacterial infection in my digestive tract.
No interference: Contrary to popular beliefs, almost no antibiotics interact with alcohol, and levofloxacin does not. Heavy alcohol impairs the immune system's ability to fight infection, but alcohol in moderation makes no difference. Just don't overdo it. If in doubt, contact the doctor treating you. ...Read more
If I am taking xifaxan (rifaximin) for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is it okay to drink alcohol with it? Or will it adversely affect the antibiotic
Nope: It is generally very unwise to consume alcohol while on any antibiotic - but since your intestine is trying to recover from infection I wouldn't take the chance of causing any more irritation until fully healed. Stick to water - freshen it up with slices of cucumber as this has antioxidant properties and may help with some of the irritation. Http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-91340/xifaxan-oral/details#interactions ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm taking besivance (besifloxacin) for a conjunctivitis bacterial infection in my eye. Can I drink alcohol?
Every time I get: This question, nobody ever says "can I have one drink, or drink a six pack." One or two occasional social drinks while being treated for an infection is unlikely to cause problems, but any larger amount or regular drinking is a bad idea. Alcohol impairs our immune function and ability to fight infections, and has drug interactions with a large number of meds, including some antibiotics. ...Read more
I have bacterial pink eye. I just started my antibiotic eye drops yesterday. It's called tobramycin ophthalmic. Can I drink alcohol while on the eye d?
Took floradix 2 weeks past consumption date (of 4 wks). Floradix said that bacteria can grow it and possibly turn to alcohol. 34 weeks pregnant. Worried.
Don't: Floradix is a liquid iron supplement to help prevent iron deficiency. Most bacteria, if present, will be destroyed by the acid in your stomach, and the amount of alcohol likely to be in the bottle is minimal. My advice is to relax, enjoy your pregnancy, don't take anything not advised by your OB doctor and have a great baby. ...Read more
Transient enjoyment: Social drinking has no negative effect on the medications used for this and most other conditions. ...Read more
On 8 nights of metronidazole for vaginal bacterial infection. When is it 100% safe to drink alcohol without feeling any negative effects due to meds?
Can my mom (age 55) drink occasionally small amount of alcohol (e.g. on birthday party), when she takes high blood pressure meds (ACE inhibitors)?
Jelly - solid or liq: Microbiologists want their bacteria to be on a well-defined, predictable, relatively pure media, so that everyone agrees on the resulting growth pattern, shape, color, etc. Preference is given to solid media (agar plates) or liquid media (broth). Therefore, new media, especially variable in components and textures, are rarely used. ...Read more
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