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Doctor insights on: Permanent Damage From Antibiotics

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Dr. John Leander Po
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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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Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

Do antibiotics like azithromycin permanently cure acne?

No: They do not permanently cure acne, rather they just control it while you take the medication. ...Read more

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Can the antibiotic minocycline permanently cure your acne after a three month course?

Can the antibiotic minocycline permanently cure your acne after a three month course?

No: Antibiotics help reduce the number of bacteria in the glands that cause acne but they do not eliminate the bacteria entirely and when you stop it goes back to what it was unless you are past that acne stage. For some this is in the late teenage years but some people have troublesome acne through much of their adult life. ...Read more

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What antibiotics are relatively safe in terms of side effects like compared to fluroquinolones where you can get permanent neurological damage?

What antibiotics are relatively safe in terms of side effects like compared to fluroquinolones where you can get permanent neurological damage?

Rare, why worry?: Neurological damage is extremely rare with fluoroquinolones. Why are you worried about it? All antibiotics have their side effects, and most others have more common serious ones than neuro from FQs. If you have (or someday have) an infection for which your doctor recommends FQ treatment, you should follow that advice. ...Read more

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If your vagina/vulva doesn't feel normal for 11 weeks & you've took every antibiotic can it b possible it can be permanently damaged ?

If your vagina/vulva doesn't feel normal for 11 weeks & you've took every antibiotic can it b possible it can be permanently damaged ?

No: If it was a vaginal infection that was treated, no. If was a STD vaginal infection, then there can be damage to the vaginal, cervix and Fallopian tubes. ...Read more

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My dentist just put permanent filling and temporary crown and asked me to take antibiotics for a week. I'm wondering should I take the antibiotics?

My dentist just put permanent filling and temporary crown and asked me to take antibiotics for a week. I'm wondering should I take the antibiotics?

Maybe: There should be a reason that antibiotics are taken. You don't provide one. Did your dentist? When antibiotics are taken without an infection present, it contributes to diminishing the effect of antibiotics in the future. You should contact your dentist to find out if you have an infection or what his/her reason was. ...Read more

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My dentist just put permanent filling and temporary crown and asked me to take antibiotics for a week. I'm wondering should I take the antibiotics?

My dentist just put permanent filling and temporary crown and asked me to take antibiotics for a week. I'm wondering should I take the antibiotics?

Yes: If you trust your dentist and have confidence in his abilities and diagnostic skill. Providing antibiotics after procedures such as those is quite common. ...Read more

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What causes inflammation of the heart muscle?is it permanent, or it can recur? How it can be treated? Antibiotics?for how long?

What causes inflammation of the heart muscle?is it permanent, or it can recur?
How it can be treated? Antibiotics?for how long?

Myocarditis: Inflammation of the heart muscle is most commonly caused by a viral infection and antibiotics are not effective for this. After the acute phase is over, damage and weakness of the heart muscle may follow. Recurrent myocarditis would be unusual except in autoimmune causes. Rest is the main treatment unless congestive heart failure occurs. A cardiologist is best qualified to care for the patient ...Read more

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I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

I am having frequent eye styes in both eyes every month also having eye allergy from 10 years. Using antibiotic. What is the permanent solution for it?

Eye doctor + Allergist: you need both, frequent styes could be related to allergies, but we need to make sure first you have the right sight / corrective lenses, and free from any other eye disease, as for the allergist, would make sure as well you truly have allergies, identify the offending agents, gives you the right allergy medicine, possibly starts you on specific immunotherapy, good luck ...Read more

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How long can a residual jaw infection last from wisdom tooth removal? Is there any chance it'll remain permanent? I'm on antibiotics

More info needed...: How long did you have the infection before the tooth was extracted? How long ago was the tooth extracted? How long have you been on antibiotics? Was the infection cultured? No, the infection should not last forever. The dentist or oral surgeon treating you should be better able to address your concerns since they know the answers to the above questions. ...Read more

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