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Does taking antibiotics help with a fever?

Does taking antibiotics help with a fever?

Possibly: If a fever is being caused by a bacterial infection, and that infection is being successfully treated with an appropriate antibiotic, then the fever should go down. If, however, it is a viral infection, a bacterial infection resistant to the current antibiotic, or a fever not caused by an infection, then the antibiotic will play no role in reducing the fever. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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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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Is it ok if while taking antibiotics uou get a fever?

Is it ok if while taking antibiotics uou get a fever?

Fever: Normally you are prescribed antibiotics for a fever. If they are not working you may need to see your doctor to evaluate the scenario accurately. ...Read more

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I've been taking antibiotics for a week and still have fever, what should I do?

I've been taking antibiotics for a week and still have fever, what should I do?

Finish abx & tx symp: Since you are on abx for what is likely a virus, treat the symptoms with over the counter meds / tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil, and give it a few more days. If worsening symptoms, then need rechecked by dr. ...Read more

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My son keep having a fever for 7 days. He was diagnos with strep through 7 day ago. He been taking antibiotics for 7 day now. Fever does not go away.

? how labeled?: Was this based on a strep test or just called strep. Even if test positive, the kid can have a co-infection with mono or other virus. Strep is easily managed by using the penicillin based antibiotics if they are given as prescribed. I would contact the kids doc and discuss the pattern you are seeing. ...Read more

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Fever for 5 days. Taking antibiotics and asprin since. Should I be worried now?

Fever for 5 days. Taking antibiotics and asprin since. Should I be worried now?

Office visit needed: After 5 days of fever, most doctors would want to perform a physical evaluation and perhaps laboratory tests if no source of infection is found on exam. It could be a urinary tract infection which is resistant to the antibiotics you are taking. Hard to say without more info. ...Read more

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49 y/o has fever for 3weeks. He's taking antibiotics and paracetamol. But fever still comes back after 6 hours taking the medicine. Fever is worse

49 y/o has fever for 3weeks. He's taking antibiotics and paracetamol. But fever still comes back after 6 hours taking the medicine. Fever is worse

Get checked!: Either the antibiotic is not working or something else besides a bacteria is causing the infection. Call the doc again or get seen today. ...Read more

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How long do scarlet fever symptoms last after taking antibiotics?

How long do scarlet fever symptoms last after taking antibiotics?

Scarlet fever: The symptoms should start getting better in 2-3 days. The rash may take a bit longer to go. Don't stop your antibiotics in the middle of the treatment though, even if you are better. ...Read more

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How long scarlet fever symptoms supposed to last after taking antibiotics?

How long scarlet fever symptoms supposed to last after taking antibiotics?

Scarlet fever: The symptoms should start getting better in 2-3 days. The rash may take a bit longer to go. Don't stop your antibiotics in the middle of the treatment though, even if you are better. ...Read more

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Can I go to school if I have scarlet fever? By the way I'm already taking antibiotics

Can I go to school if I have scarlet fever? By the way I'm already taking antibiotics

Once you are on an: antibiotic for 24 hours and are fever-free for 24 hours, you can return to school. The rash may last longer, but you are no longer contagious. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a child 6 yrs with tonsillitis infection to have fever for 5 days. He is taking antibiotics and fever reliever.?

Is it normal for a child 6 yrs with tonsillitis infection to have fever for 5 days. He is taking antibiotics and fever reliever.?

Hello: It is fairly common to see a child suffering with tonsillitis to maintain a fever while on abx and analgesics. Things that could account for the persistent fever may be fluid intake, possibly a resistant bacteria or the development of an abscess. See your family doctor for continued care. ...Read more

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Does taking antibiotics treat scarlet fever? Can I take antibiotics to treat scarlet fever or does it need further medical attention? .

Does taking antibiotics treat scarlet fever? Can I take antibiotics to treat scarlet fever or does it need further medical attention? .

Strep symptoms: Scarlet fever is one of the presentations of a group a streptococcus infection. The antibiotics used to treat the strep will kill off the germ & end the production of the chemical that produces the rash. Most respond rather well to initial abx rx. ...Read more

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My son is still taking antibiotics for scarlet fever, this morning he woke up with a rash on his left cheek and back in his body, what is it?

My son is still taking antibiotics for scarlet fever, this morning he woke up with a rash on his left cheek and back in his body, what is it?

Couple things: Some strep germs produce a chemical that can cause a "sand-paper" type rash. That is usually seen early in the illness. If your son has been on the antibiotics for a few days then it is possible it could be al allergic drug rash. Call your md. ...Read more

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My husband is diagnosed with uti. After taking antibiotics prescribed by his doctor for 4 days, he still has persistent fever. He's taking paracetamol?

My husband is diagnosed with uti. After taking antibiotics prescribed by his doctor for 4 days, he still has persistent fever. He's taking paracetamol?

Persistent fever: With uti- the bacteria may be resistant to the antibiotic he is taking. He needs to see his doctor again. Unless sensitivities came back from his initial work up- urine culture and sensitivity, then his doctor need to change his antibiotics. ...Read more

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Fever 99.5 to 100.9 for 4 daysear ringing 4 days and stuffed a lot of sinus pressure hoe long does a sinus infection last taking antibiotics 4 days now?

Fever 99.5 to 100.9 for 4 daysear ringing 4 days and stuffed a lot of sinus pressure hoe long does a sinus infection last taking antibiotics 4 days now?

Need diagnosis.: Almost all sinus infections start with a viral upper respiratory infection. Therefore, the antibiotic may be of no use and could be harmful because the drug may be destroying normal flora which are beneficial. The entire symptomatology is consistent with vrs (viral rhino-sinusitis. The most objective way to diagnose and treat is to obtain a culture of lateral wall of nose and identify bug. ...Read more

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I'm I'll with what I thought to be a cold and sore throat. Started taking antibiotics about 4 days ago. I started feeling better, but late yesterday evening I started running a fever and having very loose/watery stool. Not sure if it's an alergies reactio

I'm I'll with what I thought to be a cold and sore throat. Started taking antibiotics about 4 days ago. I started feeling better, but late yesterday evening I started running a fever and having very loose/watery stool. Not sure if it's an alergies reactio

Probably antibiotic: Diarrhea is a very common side effect from antibiotics. While it is usually self limited, it can also be a sign of a serious colon infection known as Clostridium Difficile colitis. I think you should call you doctor to discuss the situation, and appropriate course of action. Call today. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can u break a fever? .When will I expect to get better I'm taking antibiotics which is on my profile. I have headaches, runny nose and sore throat

Culture + bacterial: If u had cultures and they were positive, a switch 2 a 2nd antibiotic that the bacteria was sensitive 2. If no cultures were done ur out of luck 4 a diff antibio. A new one would b a guess as was the 1st. Also if viral antibios won't help, and it will just run its course. If no cult. U may b should b cn and try 2 see if it will point 2 bacterial and may show some resistance 2 some other antibio. ...Read more

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Should I stop antibiotic use if I have the flu?

Should I stop antibiotic use if I have the flu?

Depends on reason: It depends on why you're taking the antibiotics. Antibiotics won't treat the flu, which is caused by a virus. ...Read more

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Hi I have the flu and I am taking antibiotics but I can't taste anything even strong food or I can't smell I also have no senses even when my nose is?

Hi I have the flu and I am taking antibiotics but I can't taste anything even strong food or I can't smell I also have no senses even when my nose is?

Sense of smell: Viruses can affect the first nerve and the sense of smell. If you can't smell you won't be able to taste either. Hopefully it is only temporary. ...Read more

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I just got over flu and still have cough taking antibiotics my eye lid all of a sudden is swollen and itches really bad! What could it be?

I just got over flu and still have cough taking antibiotics my eye lid all of a sudden is swollen and itches really bad! What could it be?

Sty: It could be a sty, dermatitis (infectious or allergic) or a cellulitis. Try warm compresses (wash cloth with warm water and hold it there for 5-10 minutes, a couple homes a day). If it is getting worse, more painful, or warm to the touch, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Two days after I got over strep throat, I was feeling fine, I was taking antibiotics, and then I started to feel nauseous and I had a temp of 101 wth?

Two days after I got over strep throat, I was feeling fine, I was taking antibiotics, and then I started to feel nauseous and I had a temp of 101 wth?

Something new?: Well, it's possible you caught something else. It is cold and FLU season. The other concern is - did your strep throat get completely treated? Did you complete all the antibiotics as prescribed? Did you replace your old toothbrush or at least sterilize the old one? Focus on staying hydrated and see your doc for a flu swab. ...Read more

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Hi my tongue has been green for over a week, I'm taking antibiotics for pleurisy, I also had a flu virus & have low white blood cells?

Tongue: May be a side effect of the antibiotics or the flu virus. You should gargle with salt water and it should slowly go away. If not then see your doctor to have it cultured ...Read more

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Besides going to the doctors and taking antibiotics, what are some good ways to get rid of a fever fast?

Besides going to the doctors and taking antibiotics, what are some good ways to get rid of a fever fast?

See below: To just get rid of a fever you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen. Sponge baths will also bring down a fever. These treatments will do nothing to treat the underlying cause of the fever. ...Read more

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My sister's had a fever for 12 days, even after taking antibiotics. All blood tests and chest x-rays are normal. What's going on?

My sister's had a fever for 12 days, even after taking antibiotics. All blood tests and chest x-rays are normal. What's going on?

Fever: If she has had documented fever for 12 days and has been unsuccessfully evaluated by a doctor she has what is termed a fever of undetermined origin. She needs to be seen and assessed carefully by an infectious diseases expert. Antibiotics, by the way, will do nothing for a viral illness. ...Read more

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I had dark brown discharge for one day. I am taking antibiotics for fever. Is it bec of tht or am I pregnant?

Good morning.: It's unlikely due to antibiotics unless you are on birth control pills and that could be affected by the medication. ...Read more

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How can you know if after child is taking antibiotics for 10 days that all of the bacteria from scarlet fever is gone. When to follow up with doctor?

How can you know if after child is taking antibiotics for 10 days that all of the bacteria from scarlet fever is gone. When to follow up with doctor?

Response: I'll assume the doc used a penicillin derived antibiotic.To this point we know strep a is universally sensitive to the penicillin drugs. We know that this treatment within 9 days of first sx of strep will stop the secondary complications of strep. Since this strep strain created a toxin that caused the rash, if the rash returns, u missed some (unlikely), or the kid was re-exposed & got it again. ...Read more

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I'm 20 weeks pregnant and had a fever for 4 days. Started taking antibiotics for UTI after 2 days of fever. Can fever of that duration harm the fetus?

I'm 20 weeks pregnant and had a fever for 4 days. Started taking antibiotics for UTI after 2 days of fever. Can fever of that duration harm the fetus?

If preterm labor.: If your infection/fever cause preterm labor, then sure you can have a bad pregnancy outcome. I hope you have received intravenous Rocephin (ceftriaxone) for what sounds like pyelonephritis! A maternal-fetal medicine specialist should be following you at this time! ...Read more

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2 weeks after lap chole elevation of ESR to 128 & hemoglobin (10.5)despite taking antibiotics no relief from fever, uneasyness&fatigue what does it mean?

CRP better 4 infect.: The CRP is more specific 4 infection. One would expect ur ESR 2 b high after any surgical procedure. Also were there cultures taken @ the end of the procedure? If ur not better after 2 wks u may need a new antibiotic. ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I just got done taking antibiotics. I got diarrhea, fever, and rapid heart beat. Now I have mucus in stool. Every thing else seems fine?

Two weeks ago I just got done taking antibiotics. I got diarrhea, fever, and rapid heart beat. Now I have mucus in stool. Every thing else seems fine?

You may: Have pseudo membranous colitis due to the antibiotic therapy: the antibiotics wipe out the normal protective bacteria in the colon, allowing colonization and infection by pathologic bacteria. It requires a different antibiotic for treatment. It may become severe so you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How does taking antibiotics to treat strep throat prevent rheumatic fever if the body has already release antibodies before treatment started?

How does taking antibiotics to treat strep throat prevent rheumatic fever if the body has already release antibodies before treatment started?

Timing: There is a period of time during which the antibody response has not reached a level that RF would be triggered. Studies suggest you have up to 10 days from first fever to start abx before the trouble would start. It is likely 5 days for the kidney damage sometimes associated with strep. Consider it a near miss. ...Read more

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My laryngologist told me I have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesn't help can it be tonsil cancer? I've fever and my throat hurts on one side

My laryngologist told me I have tonsillitis im taking antibiotics but it doesn't help can it be tonsil cancer? I've fever and my throat hurts on one side

Tonsilitis: Cancer in this area at your age is extremely rare and unusual, particularly if this is an acute illness. More than likely this infection, if responding to antibiotics at all, is curing the infection, but the inflammatory process takes a longer time to recede. Hope you are better soon. Cancer would not be likely. ...Read more

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Fever Lasting 5 days. Taking antibiotics for ear infection 3rdday. Fever increases around 6 hrs after Motrin. Coughing and irregular runny nose?

Possibly flu: This might be the flu. 5 days of fever, and not responding to antibiotics may be due to the fact it is viral, possibly the flu ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more