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Can keflex cause colitis or swelling of the intestines?

Can keflex cause colitis or swelling of the intestines?

Yes: Virtually every antibiotic has the potential to cause a type of colitis called c. Difficile colitis. Antibiotics kill bacteria. Even as normal people we have thousands of different kinds of bacteria in our colons. When you take antibiotics, it kills some, which allows other types to thrive. When clostridium difficile thrives, it causes colitis. This can be life-threatening and require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

What would cause pain and swelling on my ribs on the left side? I have been to the hospital for it and they said it was colitis. I think there wrong.

Get rechecked: Rib pain can be muscular, bony or on the surface if associated with a rash. You can always get a second opinion back at the hospital if the pain is worsening. Good luck ...Read more

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One of the side effects of cephalexin is it can cause pseudomembranous colitis. If you were to give a percentage, how likely is this to happen?

One of the side effects of cephalexin is it can cause pseudomembranous colitis. If you were to give a percentage, how likely is this to happen?

Cannot: Clostridium difficile colitis occurs when you alter the normal colonic flora with antibiotics and it grows out and produces toxin. Whether this happens depends on whether you were previously colonized with this organism, the strain in your colon and other factors. No specific %s are available. Don't use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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I just started getting really bad acne on my cheeks out of nowhere 2 months ago and I'm 22. Keflex and Minocycline don't work. Swelling has started?

I just started getting really bad acne on my cheeks out of nowhere 2 months ago and I'm 22. Keflex and Minocycline don't work. Swelling has started?

Dermatologist ASAP: Some acne is resistant to antibiotics. Other treatments are available, but require specialist care. If you're not under care of a dermatologist, ask for referral to one right away. Prompt treatment may be needed to prevent permanent scarring. With modern treatment, nobody should ever have to deal with that lifelong problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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Started keflex 5 days ago for a tooth abcess wich had my hole lower right jaw swollen the swelling has fone but now im left with a hard bump around my tooth is that normal? I still have 5 days of antibiotics left. But the bump is hard.

Started keflex 5 days ago for a tooth abcess wich had my hole lower right jaw swollen the swelling has fone but now im left with a hard bump around my tooth is that normal? I still have 5 days of antibiotics left. But the bump is hard.

Dental infection: Taking the antibiotics appears to have helped get the infection under some control, but obviously there remains a problem that needs further treatment. Continue taking the antibiotics until told to stop and discuss with your own dentist asap what is the cause of the infection and what are your options regarding definitive dental treatment: Root Canal Therapy, Periodontal therapy, extraction? ...Read more

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Missed IV shot meth. 32h out. Swelling down some, but pain worse (but mild), and dark discolor. Taking bactrim/keflex. Slight numb. Bruise or hypoxia?

Missed IV shot meth. 32h out. Swelling down some, but pain worse (but mild), and dark discolor. Taking bactrim/keflex. Slight numb. Bruise or hypoxia?

Possibly permanent : Local tissue damage. The dark discoloration maybe long lasting depending on the insoluble ingredients present (if they can't dissolve and be absorbed then they become more or less a tattoo). If the pain persists or if it starts to look infected better get it checked out. ...Read more

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Scrotal skin infection. Huge swollen lump. On keflex and neosporin. Swelling going down very slowly. Been a week. How long till swelling is gone?

Scrotal skin infection.  Huge swollen lump.  On keflex and neosporin.  Swelling going down very slowly.  Been a week.  How long till swelling is gone?

Days-week+: As long as the swelling is going down you are moving in the right direction. If the swelling increases in size then go back to your doctor. The time it takes for the swelling to completely clear depends on the size of the swelling originally and your compliance with the medicines. Usually 1 -2 weeks should do it. ...Read more

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I had total hip replacement 4 weeks ago.On Mon I was put on keflex for infection.For the past 2 days I'm exhausted. Redness/swelling much better ???

I had total hip replacement 4 weeks ago.On Mon I was put on keflex for infection.For the past 2 days I'm exhausted.  Redness/swelling much better ???

Hard to say: Many potential causes. You certainly would need to be followed closely as oral antibiotics alone would rarely cure a deep infection associated with a hip replacement. Getting some basic blood work to make sure you are not anemic and a primary care check up would probably be a good idea. ...Read more

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5 days ago, swelling right side of face. Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

5 days ago, swelling right side of face.  Took keflex, swelling cont. Back to md. Taking levoflaxin & mumps test. Puffing under eye-swelling over ear.

Need more info: Is the physician who is treating you an ear, nose ; throat specialist? If yes then return to him/her because there is more to be done. If not then consult with one. ...Read more

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I had a blood clot come from my tooth abcess no puss just a blood clot is that normal? my lower right side of lower jaw is swollen just started keflex today. Swelling has been prestenit and gottwn bigger since this morning should i worry..

I had a blood clot come from my tooth abcess no puss just a blood clot is that normal? my lower right side of lower jaw is swollen just started keflex today. Swelling has been prestenit and gottwn bigger since this morning should i worry..

What to do:: First, call and notify the dentist who prescribed the Keflex of your symptoms. If it was self prescribed or administered you run the risk of even bigger problems. Infections can go downhill very quickly and lead to more serious issues. Yes, you should be concerned and see a dentist asap! If it's after hours consider going to a 24/7 emergency medical facility. ...Read more

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My Wife is pregnant, has a capped a broken molar abscess and now has a toothache, increasing cheek swelling x 3days, jaw and facial tenderness to touch. On Keflex QD x1 switched to Clinda 300mg QID x10. Dentist wants to wait, ED says it's serious.

My Wife is pregnant, has a capped a broken molar abscess and now has a toothache, increasing cheek swelling x 3days, jaw and facial tenderness to touch. On Keflex QD x1 switched to Clinda 300mg QID x10. Dentist wants to wait, ED says it's serious.

Infection: Of course, all dental infections are serious. The infection needs to be controlled via the antibiotics. Not sure what your question is. The abscess might need to be drained. If the situation appears to be worsening, consult with an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with Cellulitis and put on Cephalexin. Sometimes the swelling goes down but it always comes back up. Is it really cellulitis?

I was recently diagnosed with Cellulitis and put on Cephalexin. Sometimes the swelling goes down but it always comes back up. Is it really cellulitis?

Tough to tell.: Cellulitis is infection with staph or strep. It could be that you need a different antibiotic, or you have persistent nidus of infection. Go back to the doctor for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a swollen nose, I think from plucking nose hairs but not sure. It is turning red and swelling is getting worse. I was given cephalexin from a?

I have a swollen nose, I think from plucking nose hairs but not sure.  It is turning red and swelling is getting worse.  I was given cephalexin from a?

Sounds right: Did you take the antibiotic? Sounds like that nasal hair plucking is giving you an infection. Take your antibiotic and stop plucking the nasal hairs ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

Inflammation or infection of ...Read more