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How long after antibiotic is started is MRSA contagious?

MRSA treatment: I am not clear about the question. Mrsa may be found on a healthy skin, nose, . .. Having the germ by itself is not going to be an infection. It is called colonization. When it is in the wound or circulation then that would be different. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

How long does it take for bacterial contagious pinkeye to be gone, while using antibiotic eyedrops?

Conjunctivitis: Antibiotic eye drops for "pink eye" or conjunctivitis are usually prescribed for
a total of 7 days. However, complete improvement can be seen as early as 2 to
3 days after the start of antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

How long is pink eye contagious when using an antibiotic?

Discharge: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

How long is staph folliculitis contagious after beginning an oral antibiotic? The rash is not spreading and is fading, but still visible.

Not: Staph is generally everywhere.
There are various types:
staph albus common on skin.
Staph aureus -yellow more pathogenic.
Usually not contagious like a virus or some bacteria.
Clean and cover area and unlikely to be able to infect someone else. ...Read more

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How long is pink eye contagious after starting antibiotic?

How long is pink eye contagious after starting antibiotic?

Viral or bacterial?: If your pink eye issue to a bacterial infection, you should no longer be considered contagious after 24-48 hours after starting the antibiotic drops. If, however, your pink eye is due to viral infection, you are likely to be contagious for as long as you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious?

How long after starting antibiotic is pink eye contagious?

It Depends: If the pink eye is caused by bacteria and the drops have effective antibiotics, then it is thought 24-48 hrs eliminates the contagion. Since the drops are ineffective for viral pink eye, as long as the eye is red, the infection is probably contagious. ...Read more

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How long is c-diff contagious if you are on an antibiotic to fix it? And what is considered diarrhea? Is mushy stool considered diarrhea?

How long is c-diff contagious if you are on an antibiotic to fix it? And what is considered diarrhea? Is mushy stool considered diarrhea?

Until clear: C-diff is not very contagious if one follows routine hygiened measures by washing hands with soap and water (the sanitizing gel won't do the job). However until the diarrhea has cleared completely, one should assume that it remains contagious until proven otherwise. If the mushy stool is not what you usually have, then it can still be considered diarrhea. ...Read more

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How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

How long is an eye infection contagious after starting antibiotic drops?

Depends: If the infection is caused by bacteria, you might see improvement and decreased contagion in a day. If the eye infection is viral, the antibiotic drops won't change the status of contagion at all. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection how long am I contagious? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both?

I have an upper respiratory infection how long am I contagious? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both?

URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, generally this is not contagious. Bacterial infections generally follow the insult from the virus. Antibiotics will shorten the duration of a bacterial infection. Prednisone speeds up recovery quickest, but should be used with caution. ...Read more

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I have staph, klebsiella, and ecoli. What antibiotic should I take? Also am I contagious

I have staph, klebsiella, and ecoli. What antibiotic should I take? Also am I contagious

Polymicrobial: Well. First....all of us likely have those same bacteria somewhere on our bodies too. Your not contagious to anyone. Unless its MRSA and we have that as commensuals too. Recommending antibiotics won't do any good here because I doubt you really have 3 active bacteria causing infection in the same area. Have your GP send you to an infectious disease physician like myself...he'll help out. ...Read more

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My father has cellulitis is it contagious to me? He has been prescribed keflex as an antibiotic.

My father has cellulitis is it contagious to me? He has been prescribed keflex as an antibiotic.

It can be. ..: If the the bacteria enters your body and your body is not able to fight it, you may become infected. ...Read more

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If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

If im using antibiotic ointment for pink eye is it still contagious?

Yes! Highly so.: You are contagious as long as you have any discharge, even with antibiotic ointment or drops. Don't touch or rub your eyes. Use a tissue to clear away any discharge, throw the tissue away, and wash your hands. When you wash your face and eyes, use a white hand towel to dry then bleach the towel. Change and wash your pillow cases daily. Sanitize your door knobs and purse to help prevent reinfection. ...Read more

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I have a drug resistant ecoli uti. How worried should I be about being contagious.? Do I need to stay away from family? Just starting second antibiotic

I have a drug resistant ecoli uti. How worried should I be about being contagious.? Do I need to stay away from family? Just starting second antibiotic

Since: Since you started the appropriate antibiotic you should not be worried about the spread of infection, especially since this type of infection is rarely transmitted from one person to another; it's usually auto-transmitted, meaning you get it from other areas of your body; typically bacteria from your rectum transmitted to your urinary tract.
Remember you should always practice good hygiene, handwashing is key.
Take care. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for bacterial contagious pinkeye treated with antibiotic eye drops?

What is the recovery time for bacterial contagious pinkeye treated with antibiotic eye drops?

Pinkeye: Most pinkeye is due to viral infection. The 40 or so viruses which can cause this have a symptom cycle of 3 to 10 days of activity until recovery except for the several that cause corneal immune deposits which can last longer. Antibiotic eyedrops do not treat viral disease but merely prevent secondary bacterial invasion. They do not alter the time cycle of the viral infection. ...Read more

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My husband got c dip from an antibiotic he was put on. Is this contagous I have a weak immune system and im worried!

My husband got c dip from an antibiotic he was put on. Is this contagous I have a weak immune system and im worried!

Not too contagious.: Practice hand hygiene and wash your hands often with soap and water after any contact with contaminated material until the problem has resolved. The sanitizing gel does not kill C difficile. By the way, you can still hug him. ...Read more

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I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

I've been on Antibitotics six days for a staph infection. The scab is still on but loose. Am I still contagious?

Infection: You are unlikely to be infectious but the only way you could infect someone is by direct contact with the wound ...Read more

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I had a urine culture and it indicated klebsiella pneumoniae is present, what is the correct antiobotics I should be on? I was prescibed marcobid before the results? And is this contiagous to others?

I had a urine culture and it indicated klebsiella pneumoniae is present, what is the correct antiobotics I should be on? I was prescibed marcobid before the results? And is this contiagous to others?

Let me explain: When you have urine culture and senesevity, they will find the matching antibiotic for you. I believe microbed is good antibiotic till you receive the result. Of course could be contiguous to other. ...Read more

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How long can the side effects of using antibiotics last?

How long can the side effects of using antibiotics last?

Abx side effects: Usually mild side effects related to antibiotics disappear within 24-48hrs after stopping the antibiotic. Severe side effects can take longer to resolve and, in rare cases, may cause permanent damage. ...Read more

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How long do I keep using my antibiotics for if I see no change?

How long do I keep using my antibiotics for if I see no change?

Finish course: It is always important to finish the course of antibiotics you were prescribed. Timing until you feel better depends on what the infection was in the first place. ...Read more

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Had a cat bite and using antibiotics how long do I have to use this?

Depends oantibiotic: Different antibiotics need to be taken for different lengths of time. Follow the directions on the bottle or ask your doctor. ...Read more

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How long is c diffcile contagious after you get on meds? Should I cancel next week, s dinner for my family? Thanks

How long is c diffcile contagious after you get on meds? Should I cancel next week, s dinner for my family? Thanks

Enjoy your dinner: Clostridium difficile is acquired by ingesting the spore form of the organism. These spores form from the bacteria in stool. If you've been treated and are continent of stool you are not considered contageous. Even if you are colonized with c. Difficile unless you take antibiotics there is little risk of your getting ill. ...Read more

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Long term effects on blood from using antibiotics?

No: While taking some antibiotics low white blood cell counts or low platelet counts can occur but these are almost always brief and resolve after stopping the antibiotic. An antibiotic rarely used today, chloramphenicol, was notorious for rarely causing a fatal aplastic anemia. ...Read more

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How long can a person take antibiotics? N what r the side effects for using it

How long can a person take antibiotics? N what r the side effects for using it

It depends.: Doctors select specific antibiotics for specific time periods depending on the type of infection. Most antibiotics are given for <2 wks. Antibiotic use for >1 month often requires an expert in infectious disease.Each antibiotic has unique side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about specific side effects which may include rash or organ damage. Unnecessary use of antibiotics is a growing problem. ...Read more

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What will help for continuous UTI? As long as I use antibiotics its fine but the moment I stop using it, its back.

What will help for continuous UTI? As long as I use antibiotics its fine but the moment I stop using it, its back.

Urological consult: In the middle aged woman UTI is not uncommon. With age the supporting structures af the pelvic floor sags. The bladder anatomy can change through the years especially after childbirth and pelvic operations. Causes the bladder not to empty properly. Urine that stays behind gets infected. Your GP can refer you to the right specialist ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more