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Natural Antibiotics For Skin Infections
Depends: Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
I suspect antibiotics were given to me as a prophylactic for splinter induced skin infection. I took one; infection didn't occur. Can I stop?
24-72 hrs: It generally takes up to 72 hrs for the antibiotics to mount a response to an infection. ...Read more
On average, how long does it take for an oral antibiotic for a skin infection take to take effect?
Hard to say!: There are lots of different germs that can cause infections. No antibiotic helps them all. Doctors make an educated guess of which antibiotic has a good chance of working, (depending on location, health of person & symptoms of the infection), if they don't take a sample for culture, That drug may be effective, partially effective or ineffective, only time will tell. F/u if no change at all in 2-3 d ...Read more
I have a stubborn skin infection that has been treated with antibiotics for 4 weeks now. No improvement. What could my dr try next? I am concerned
Need right diagnosis: Diagnosis needs to be re-evaluated. Maybe it is not infection. Was a culture taken or any other test to confirm that this is an infection. If it is an infection, it is essential to determine what type: bacteria, fungus, virus etc. The diagnosis should be as specific as possible so that proper treatment can be obtained. Sometimes an incision is needed to drain the infection out. Discuss with your d. ...Read more
Except under...: ...Very specific circumstances, antibiotics are used to treat infections, not prevent them. The use of antibiotics when no antibiotic susceptible infection is present is probably responsible for the increase in drug resistant bacterial infections. The best prevention for common skin infections is good hygiene. ...Read more
I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?
Depends: It would depend on the type of penicillin allergy you had and the type of skin infection. If you just had a rash from penicillin and you do not have an MRSA infection cephalosporins like Keflex would be fine. If immediate hypersensitivity to penicillin, clindamycin, Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) would be options. ...Read more
I have Nexplanon and I was just prescribed an antibiotic because I have a skin infection and they just cut it open and stuffed it.
Have been prescribed the antibiotic zimivir1000 for a skin infection and I am trying to fall pregnant, is this safe to take? Thanks
How long until should I take an antibiotic for skin infection until it s safe to assume it is not working and I should contact my physician?
Which antibiotic should be given to a patient with low white blood count and who has high ALT for complicated skin infection? Is Klaricid fine?
I have candid skin infection on the inner thigh and buttocks, I was on antibiotic treatment but I have taken forcan drugs still it's not decreased?
Candida: If truly candida infection (yeast) antibiotics will not help. Antifungal will. clotrimazole, ketoconazole, ciclopirox. Please review diagnosis with your treating provider. If it is truly a candida infection, antibiotics won't help unless there is a bacterial infection present with the candida infection. In that case need antibiotic and antifungal treatment at same time. Hope this helps. Dr R ...Read more
I've had a sore on my face for over three months now. The doctor thought that it was skin infection, then shingles. I've had four rounds of antibiotics and it is still not healing. Whatshould I do?
Sore on face: You should have the sore biopsed to rule a basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more
I have a tooth infection. I am on smz-tmp-400 2@day and azithromycin 500mg. 1@day will this help the tooth infection? I have lupus and have to be careful of infections. This is why the two antibiotics for other issues. One is for a skin infection and the
Temporary relief: Antibiotics can start providing relief anywhere from 24 to 72 hours. If you don't have any relief by 72 hours you should call your dentist as you might need a different antibiotic or an emergency dental treatment. For temporary relief you can take OTC NSAIDs or Tylenol (acetaminophen). The only way to cure a dental infection is with dental treatment. ...Read more
I have been on an anti-biotic for about 6 days for a skin infection and swollen lymph node it started to feel better but now it hurts and I have a temp of 104?
See a doctor: If you have a temperature of 104 while taking antibiotics, you need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more
Can skin infections be treated with medication other than anti-biotics? Possibly with gabapentin or something similar?
Generally not: To my knowledge Gabapentin does not treat skin infections. Properly selected and dosed antibiotics are probably the best approach along w/environmental measures. For example, staph infections often respond better when pts use a dilute bleach solution to cleanse their skin til the infection resolves. ...Read more
How can I prevent skin infections, naturally? I find that I am prone to skin infections like ringworm, athlete's foot, infected hair folicles. What are some holistic methods of prevention?
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