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How Many Types Of Antibiotics Are There
None: A heberdeen node is the hard bony swelling that can occur at the end joint of one's fingers because of osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that one may get as one ages. This hard swelling will not go away with any antibiotic. However certain antibiotics, such as clarithromycin, or minocyn may reduce the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more
Depends: On what they were rx'd for.Get a more detailed answer ›
Common problem: Not long after the first penicillin became available we started to see staphylococcus that was resistant. Synthetic penicillins (methacillin& others) were developed & we had more resistant germs. Sometimes we can focus treatment by sending a germ to the lab (uti) & testing it against several abx to make sure we only use the one that works. That slows the emergence of new resistant germs. ...Read more
What kind or which type of antibiotics should be prohibited to be be taken by someone suffering from Crohn's disease?
No "prohibited" list: Your question is excellent but a tough one to answer, since it depends on the patient (allergies, other diseases one may have), the diagnosis (diarrhea, perforation), and the type of microbes that is suspected to cause the infection. In addition, the choice of abx is also affected by the drug that is being used to treat Crohn's. In complex cases, an infectious diseases specialist is consulted. ...Read more
I catch flue approxemtly two times a year with 5-6 months in between. The question is should I change the type of antibiotics taken every time?
No Antibiotics!: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been treating prostatitis using difference types of antibiotics since last 3 years, still I could not recover from it. Please advise what todo?
Prostatitis: See a urologist. Prostate is not an organ which is penetrated effectively by most antibiotics, so the choice of drugs will limit their efficacy. You also need to promote drainage, first with sitz baths, frequent ejaculation, and when the acute process calms down, prostatic massage may help. But please see a good urologist as there may be other problems associated. ...Read more
Removal best: Sebaceous cysts should be surgically removed with attention to removal of the seb gland that is secreting into the area. Scraping alone is often not curative. Antibiotics are used in those seb cysts that have been infected. These can be cultured and sensitivity checked to insure right antibiotic. It is important to remove the 'capsule' that forms around skin oil outside the duct system. ...Read more
Hi I was wondering if its ok to drink coffee while on antibiotics? Also what types of things would cancel them out?
Coffee is OK: Coffee is fine while taking antibiotics. Depending on what antibiotics you are on, there may be a label stating that you should not take with diary products. Thus, don't use a latte to take your meds. You can still consume dairy. Just wait a bit (1 hour) until after you take your meds. ...Read more
I am allergic to all cillin type antibiotics. What is a good choice of antibiotic I should use instead? Say for pneumonia. I like second opinions
See beloe: One of the floroquinolones such as Levofloxacin or a tetracycline like Doxycycline would be effective. If your penicillin allergy was only a rash you could take a cephalosporin like vantin or Ceftin (cefuroxime) combined with zithromax. Any of these choices would be effective for most cases of community acquired bacterial pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seek the cause: If your acne has flared and your periods then become disrupted, it is much more likely that there is a problem with your hormonal milieu and you are producing extra androgens. Antibiotics must never be used as sole therapy for acne; be sure you use a second treatment such as topical benzoyl peroxide. Your physician or gynecologist knows how to continue your workup and treatment options. ...Read more
Did you mean bugs?: Antibiotics don't cause septic shock, bacteria do. All kinds of bacteria can do this but most commonly gram-negatives from the urinary or gastrointestinal tract, gram-positives from skin etc infections and the various that cause pneumonia. Antibiotics are used to treat septic shock, together with all other supportive care. ...Read more
Resistant germs: As you probably saw in the news this week - germs are getting smarter and smarter. Germs in China were found resistant to colistin, one of our last lines of defense against bacterial infection. If you have questions about the sensitivity profile of a germ, show it to an ID doc -they should understand how best to treat you factoring in things such as type of infection, patient allergies, SEs etc. ...Read more
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