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Can you use oral antibiotics for a child under 4 months of age?

Can you use oral antibiotics for a child under 4 months of age?

Yes-- only if needed: It is possible to use oral antibiotics in a young baby. However, they should only be used if the child has a bacterial infection. Many infections in young children (such as common colds) are viral in etiology and will get better on their own without antibiotics. Using antibiotics when not medically appropriate can cause them to be less effective when your child gets very sick & really needs them. ...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 after I get the antibiotic shot can I take oral antibiotics?

How long after I get the antibiotic shot can I take oral antibiotics?

Need more info pleas: To understand better what you mean. For what condition are you thinking about? It's important not to take too many antibiotics, or you'll build a resistance, and they won't work or kill the bacteria anymore. Then you'll need stronger ones that may have more side effects. The antibiotic shot usually replace having to take oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Boils won't clear with oral antibiotics?

Boils won't clear with oral antibiotics?

Usually not: Not usually, unless you catch them very early. Once the become fluid filled, they need to be opened and drained. ...Read more

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Please describe a good oral antibiotic for a cat bite?

Please describe a good oral antibiotic for a cat bite?

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate): Most practitioners would recommend a thorough cleaning followed by a rx of Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) to cover for the common germs found in cat bites. ...Read more

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Can oral antibiotics be used for meibomitis? What exactly is meibomitis?

Can oral antibiotics be used for meibomitis?  What exactly is meibomitis?

Yes tear oil problem: Meibomitis is a chronic inflammation of the meibomian glands which produce oils preventing tear evaporation. There may be a bacterial over infection component. The main use of Doxycycline is to change the chemistry in the meibomian gland oil secetions and not to act as an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Mesa wound on my rist, two weeks old, finished with oral antibiotic, wound is still about 1 1/2 inches and red and painful, what now?

Mesa wound on my rist, two weeks old, finished with oral antibiotic, wound is still about 1 1/2 inches and red and painful, what now?

Eat well for healing: You have a mesa? Wound on wrist. You took antibiotics. Wound not all healed. That is ok. The wound will heal from the bottom up. Eat healthy and the wound will heal over time. It can take a while. The antibiotics were to treat infection. If wound becomes foul smelling, has discharge, looks red then call office. ...Read more

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What oral antibiotic is usually recommended for hidradenitis in the armpits?

Yes but: Som times need drainage of loculated abscess to get relief from pain and quicker healing ...Read more

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Is it ok to use betadine when taking oral antibiotics?

Yes.: Unless there is an iodine allergy. Betadine works on the surface only. ...Read more

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Can oral antibiotics be successful in treating endocarditis?

Can oral antibiotics be successful in treating endocarditis?

No: Oral antibiotics are not recommended for treatment of endocarditis due to any organisms. Treatment requires 2 to 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics sometimes in combination depending on the infecting organism and whether on native or prosthetic heart valve. ...Read more

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I had MRSA from aug to nov now I got another boil which has busted open and getting smaller will itgo away with just oral antibiotics?

I had MRSA from aug to nov now I got another boil which has busted open and getting smaller will itgo away with just oral antibiotics?

Most probably: But it is a good thing to check whether this boil has also mrsa, if so you need to find out the source or treat carrier status with Mupirocin nasal ointment. ...Read more

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Oral antibiotic for boil on the hip?

Oral antibiotic for boil on the hip?

Depends.: Some can be treated topically, some need surgical drainage, some oral meds, and some a combination of the above. ...Read more

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Does ringworm require oral antibiotics?

Does ringworm require oral antibiotics?

See below: Ring worm is treated with a topical anti fungal ointment. ...Read more

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Will staph heal up with an oral antibiotic?

Will staph heal up with an oral antibiotic?

Yes: We treat most skin infections due to staph with an oral antibiotic. Make sure the lesion is adequately drained of pus. ...Read more

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What's the best oral antibiotic for perioral dermatitis?

Culture of Medicine: This is not how medicine works. There are so many variables that go into choosing the appropriate antibiotic for an individual patient. There is no such list as the 'best' antibiotic until the patient variables are taken into account. ...Read more

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Why did my staph return after a week of oral antibiotics?

Why did my staph return after a week of oral antibiotics?

See below: Failure to drain an abscess.
Presence of a foreign body.
Wrong antibiotic especially if mrsa.
Inadequate antibiotic dosage.
Inadequate antibiotic duration. ...Read more

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How long after taking oral antibiotics can you get a tattoo without fading?

How long after taking oral antibiotics can you get a tattoo without fading?

Tattoo: There is no relation to taking oral antibiotics and the fading of a tattoo. However, I take off a lot of tattoo's from people who change their mind about them. I would suggest that you choose black and red colors because they are the easiest to remove with a laser and therefore will cost the least if you ever want them removed. ...Read more

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Are oral antibiotics sufficient treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Are oral antibiotics sufficient treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulitis?

Depends: In mild uncomplicated cases of diverticulitis, oral antibiotics are sufficient treatment for diverticulitis. More severe episodes may require hospital admission and intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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Would love a few opinions on which oral antibiotic gets rid MRSA the most effectively.

Would love a few opinions on which oral antibiotic gets rid MRSA the most effectively.

Many: Mrsa is susceptible to vancomycin, Linezolid, septra/bactrim, doxycycline/tetracyclines, clindamycin, daptomycin and synercid (quinpristin and dalfopristin). Septra/bactrim, doxycycline/tetracyclines Clindamycin and Linezolid can be taken orally. Mrsa would be resistant to other antibiotics in current use. ...Read more

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I was given intravenous antibiotics for my infection. Is this better than oral antibiotics?

Sometimes: There are some antibiotics that are only available in IV form. However, many antibiotics are available as an oral tablet that are also very strong and are well tolerated. The IV form is generally used in hospitalized patients or in patients who cannot tolerate oral feedings. ...Read more

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Abscess after extraction. One oral antibiotic, 2 diff IV antibiotics but still have abscess. What now?

Abscess after extraction. One oral antibiotic, 2 diff IV antibiotics but still have abscess. What now?

Needs drainage: Antibiotics alone are usually not enough to treat an abscess, no matter where the abscess is. You need to return to the dentist/oral surgeon and have a drainage procedure performed. ...Read more

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On third day of oral antibiotics for BV. Still, have discharge. Is this normal? How long will it take for discharge to clear up?

On third day of oral antibiotics for BV. Still, have discharge. Is this normal? How long will it take for discharge to clear up?

Complete antibiotics: Once you have completed the full course of antibiotics then check for the presence of the discharge or not. ...Read more

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Took 2 wks IV antibiotics and month of oral antibiotics due to meningitis. Is my body forever damaged by all these meds? Scared

No: Your body is far from forever damaged. One of the most brilliant findings in recent science is the cellular level resilience and flexibility induced by epigenetic function. Our bodies tend to gravitate toward better health in the absence of major impediments. I usually recommend taking probiotics when taking antibiotics to restore gut bacteria but even that will occur with s healthy diet ...Read more

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Hello doc, i often suffered from bumps. Can I ask what specific oral antibiotics to take for fast relief? Coz it really bothers me a lot.

What kind of "bumps": 4 instance u can take non-drowsiness producing antihistamines if these r allergic urticarial bumps. Antibiotics if acne bumps. But u need to have a dr see your "bumps" to correctly diagnose pathology & cause. Then dr. Can correctly advise. Most antibiotics, if indicated, can be taken orally. ...Read more

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How to make infected wound heal faster? I've got my oral antibiotic and antibiotic ointment, how long does it take to heal? What should be on my diet?

How to make infected wound heal faster? I've got my oral antibiotic and antibiotic ointment, how long does it take to heal? What should be on my diet?

Patience.: If you take your antibiotic and apply the ointment, it will heal. Give it time. If it stops improving, the bacteria may be resistant to that particular antibiotic, and you should call your doctor. But as long as it's improving, however slowly, let it continue to heal. There is no way to artificially speed up this process, including modifying your diet. Just eat healthy and be patient. ...Read more

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