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Doctor insights on: Staphylococcus Aureus Antibiotic Resistance

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What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?

What is risk of c diff if repeatedly treated with antibiotics? Also risk of antibiotic resistance?

Uncommon but real: This is an uncommon but real issue.Risk varies with the type/duration and intensity of antibiotic use (IV vs oral,etc.) Many centers do stool surveillance cultures to spot this in higher risk patients. Resistance is an everyday issue today which drives us to be selective & specific on antibiotic use.The risk of an individual having to deal with these is part of dealing with healthcare today ...Read more

Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Can you tell me how antibiotic resistance has evolved?

Can you tell me how antibiotic resistance has evolved?

Antibiotic resistanc: Antibiotic resistance has evolved because of overuse of antibiotics for viral infection which do not respond to antibiotics.. Also some bugs can mutate and become drug resistant ...Read more

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What types of antibiotic resistance are common out there?

What types of antibiotic resistance are common out there?

Common problem: Not long after the first penicillin became available we started to see staphylococcus that was resistant. Synthetic penicillins (methacillin& others) were developed & we had more resistant germs. Sometimes we can focus treatment by sending a germ to the lab(uti) & testing it against several abx to make sure we only use the one that works. That slows the emergence of new resistant germs. ...Read more

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I've developed antibiotic resistance. What should I be watching out for in the future?

I've developed antibiotic resistance. What should I be watching out for in the future?

Use ONLY When Needed: Best is to not need to use antibiotics and to only take them when absolutely neccessary. You need to optimize your immune system: reg exercise, getting enough sleep/rest, stress management, healthy eating, taking supplements that can optimize cellular function. Find a doctor who does not always use antibiotics for every common cold or illness --usually viral. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

What can you do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

Only when Needed: One strategy is to not take antibiotics unecessarily. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, only bacterial ones. Using antibiotics when not needed increases the frequency of nature's defense response...Which is resistance. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting antibiotic resistance?

Not much other than.: ...Taking the antibiotics prescribed to the last pill. Avoid taking any left over antibiotic pill with an intention to prevent recurrence of same infection, e.g., self administration of Amoxicillin for sore throat. ...Read more

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How does antibiotic resistance occur in hospitals?

Antibiotic resistanc: Bacteria are able to adjust to exposure to the drugs that are designed to inhibit or kill them. It is a form of evolution. In a hospital, compared to other settings, the number of infections treated with antibiotics in very high. So the chances for these mututations is much higher. When patients become infected with bacteria from the hospital, it is often showing mulitple resistance. ...Read more

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Dr. David Rosenberg
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Antibiotic Resistance (Definition)

Antibiotic resistance is a symptom in which the bacteria infecting a person is resistant to some or all of the antibiotics available. Resistance means that the bacteria cannot be stopped or killed by the antibiotic, or that it takes a lot more antibiotics (big doses) ...Read more


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