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Keflex For Acne
I am on keflex for acne, as well as mononessa for bc, my dermo told me keflex would not interfere with the bc pills- is this true?
Conflicting studies: 1st of all, no oral bc is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. 2nd, antibiotics can interact with bc and possibly reduce bc effectiveness. 3rd, study results are conflicting -- some said antibiotics use while on bc increases risk of pregnancy, others said they don't. Advice: if worried, use a 2nd method of bc such as condom (which can lower risk of contracting stds). ...Read more
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
What is the difference between cystic acne and common minor acne? D.O. Thinks my acne is maybe from hormone imbalance and gave me keflex.
I never get acne, but I have been on cephalexin for a week and my entire face and now starting down my neck is broke out. Can cephalexin cause acne?
Acne like drug reax:
I do not think it is true acne, but may be an acneaform drug reaction. Some medications can cause an acne like eruption, and the treatment is to stop the medication. I would ask the doctor that gave you the antibiotic to see if it could switched to something else. If it does not improve in 3-4 weeks, I would see a dermatologist. I hope this helps.
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Prescribed 500mg cephalexin for my adult cystic acne 4x day for 14days, then twice daily. Will this cause much side effects for me? & will this work?
Is it safe to use Cephalexin 500/twice a day against Acne for a period of 6 months. Should I use any Biotin at least?
Safe is relative: It is a utilized therapy for acne, as are several other oral antibiotics. But anytime you undertake long term antibiotic use, there is a chance of an adverse effect like antibiotic associated diarrhea, c.diff colitis, alterations in the natural bacteria of your body, resistant microbes. With that said, it's still rather safe. ...Read more
I am a female, 40's, taking 250 mg of cephalexin for over 5 years 1x daily for cystic acne with probiotic. Should I be concerned with long term use?
I would: Antibiotics tend to lose effectiveness with time due to bacteria developing resistance to it. You don't mention how effective it's been for you, so more information in that direction may be helpful as well. Probiotic supplement is a must with the use of antibiotic, whether short or long term, but you may ask your derm doc if there are other options available in this day and age. ...Read more
My 14 yr old son is going to start taking 500 mg of cephalexin twice a day for acne. Is it safe to take this for a long period of time?
It is safe: This regimen is safe if properly managed by the prescribing doctor. Your dermatologist selected this particular antibiotic for a clinical reason, & his/her recommendations should be followed. Cephalexin is often used for pustular acne that tests positive for staph or for acne that has been resistant to the typical antibiotic, tetracycline, which can be contraindicated in an immature 14 year old ...Read more
Derm rx'd 1000mg cephalexin for acne, 3mo supply. Are there long term effects of taking antibiotics for that long or longer?
Yes: Determining risk vs benefit is what we do every day for every patient we prescribe treatments or recommend even an Aspirin a day... ...Read more
My question is in regards to my acne. I was prescribed cephalexin & prednisone, how long does it take for the medicine to start working? The first few days I broke out ALOT even in my forehead (my problem was only in my jawline/cheeks).
What's the next best antibiotic class for treating adult acne after doxycycline and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim)? Is cephalexin or azithromycin a good option?
Acne treatment: Acne is treated by several different medications. Antibiotics aim to treat common skin bacteria that may precipitate acne formation, but antibiotics are not always the cure. Drying agents, washes, benzoil peroxides may be needed. Some severe cases may require dermatology evaluations and tx such as accutane. Best to see the skin dr. (derm) and get tx. Before using many antibx. Best wishes. ...Read more
Hi doctor, I am 35 year old male recently I had whitehead pimples between my scrotum and rectum I am on cephalexin and it still there. Any help?
Go see your doctor: Continue to take your Cephalexin antibiotic as directed. Then keep follow up appointment that's been arranged w/prescribing physician. Of course, if no follow up appointment was made, then make one now. Or ask to be seen tomorrow if symptoms worsen (in other words, don't wait). ...Read more
An old stand by: Keflex has been around as an antibacterial almost since the first the beginning of medicine. It has withstood the test of time, and continues today to be effective against an array of bacterial organisms, but it's efficacy is failing against some of the newer "super bugs." still a good choice, still a first line drug, and yes it is usually GI tolerant, but everyone is an individual. ...Read more
Each hair follicle is connected to a sebaceous gland. The sebaceous glands produce sebum, which keep the skin surface oily and protects the skin.
The importance of adequate face washing: when dead skin clogs up a pore, bacteria grows in the oily skin.
The whiteness of an acne lesion is the pus formed by the dead white cells that fight the acne bacteria. ...Read more
Acne Troubles: You can usually keep acne under control with gentle facial cleanser, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and light facial moisturizer. If these fail, a dermatologist could prescribe antibiotics, topical retinoids, or Accutane as a last resort. If you would like more personalized advice, click the Send Message button at healthtap. Com/saurbornmd ...Read more
Start with...: Topical benzoyl peroxide. If this does not clear it, your physician can add topical Clindamycin or another antibiotic; if it's on your trunk, you'll probably need a systemic antibiotic as well, and if it's severe, dermatologists have stuff that's not pleasant and a bit risky but is certain to clear you up. This is the 21st century and you have a right to be acne-free. ...Read more
Some options...: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics like tetracycline can be used. If quite severe, a dermatologist may use Accutane. ...Read more
None work: The brown spots after acne fade with time, but only a dermatologist can make scars less visible. If that is what you want (most folks you meet won't care unless scarring is severe), lasers, fillers, and surgery are available. These work and you have a right to something more effective than an ineffective topical. ...Read more
Important to keep your skin clean
wash 2 - 3 times with soap and water daily
there are many items you can buy to help,
many are very expensive and do not help a
lot. You may due better to see your primary care person. Some of the prescribed meds
are not real expensive and will clear your
skin very well. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: This is the 21st century. The only over-the-counter remedy that's much good is benzoyl peroxide and it's generally inadequate. I add topical clindamycin, plus a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. If results are not good in two weeks, I add a systemic antibiotic as appropriate, and dermatologists have big guns for tough cases. You deserve to be acne-free if you wish. Good luck. ...Read more
Many ways: Start with a mild daily cleanser (like cetaphil or dove sensitive skin). You can use benzoyl peroxide, a topical antibiotic or an oral antibiotic. Additionally you can use salicylic acid or glycolic acid. Retinoids (like retin a (tretinoin) or differin) can be used as can Accutane (an oral type or retinoid). Other treatments include blue light therapy or comedone extraction. ...Read more
Specialist work: A dermatologist can make the scars less apparent using a laser, filler, or dermabrasion. Before you do this, consider whether this is what you really want. If you are a woman, most men don't care but you'll probably get a good result. If you are a man, look at the hollywood stars who have kept their acne marks to look tougher (jet li, charlie sheen, stephen segal, many others.). ...Read more
Complex problem: It is best to first confirm the diagnosis. Avoidance of provoking food or alcohol us also a good first step. A variety of medications both topical and oral such as as Metrogel and Oracea are commonly prescribed as well. Other treatments such as Botox or ala/photodynamic therapy have also been used but are controversial and not fda approved. ...Read more
Your changing body: I hope you welcome the changes that turn you from a child into an adult. The chemical chaos often produces an environment in which the oils and bacteria that cause acne flourish. Thankfully, all acne is manageable today, and it's wrong for anyone to deny you the cheap, effective treatments that are available. ...Read more
Excess testosterone: All women have male hormone, testosterone, in their bodies. An excess can cause acne. This is oftentreated with estrogen, commonly in oral contraceptives. In the bloodstream are compounds called sex hormone binding globulins. Estrogen increases these elements. When sex hormone binding globulin attaches to testosterone, the testosterone is inactivated, ergo less acne. ...Read more
Acne treatments: Stop nuts and peanut butter. Stop chocolate; cut down on dairy products. Wash with neutrogena acne wash and apply a bpo (benzoyl peroxide) cream or lotion -- something like clearasil -- on the affected areas at night. If it persists, see a dermatologist who may prescribe an oral antibiotic for you. ...Read more
Several things: Use acne cleansing wash twice a day (morning and night) Use benzoyl peroxide lotion to all areas affected (not just on pimples but whole face, chest, back...where ever affected) very thin film in the morning. Want to use exfoliating lotion after washing each evening (retin A (tretinoin) containing lotion). This is good way to start. KEEP AT IT. Must do every day. Should see results after 3-4 weeks. ...Read more