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Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...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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Docs, could a bacterial throat infection be cured without taking antibiotics?

Docs, could a bacterial throat infection be cured without taking antibiotics?

Yes but risky: Say you were on a deserted island and developed a throat infection in time you body would hopefully be able to overwhelm the bacteria and you would clear the infection. Using saline mouth rinses could help but antibiotic reduce the number of bacteria so you immune system gets the upper hand. If you don't take antibiotic you risk the infection getting worse or spreading. ...Read more

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Throat/bronchial infection treatable with amoxacillin?

Throat/bronchial infection treatable with amoxacillin?

Not usually: Most throat and and bronchial infections are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated with antibiotics. In those cases, Amoxicillin is a placebo. However, it would work if you had strep throat. ...Read more

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Are there risks taking unprescribed antibiotics to treat bacteria infection?

Are there risks taking unprescribed antibiotics to treat bacteria infection?

YES!: All drugs (even common antibiotics) can cause idiosyncratic drug reactions that might make a person ill, so keep that in mind. It is also possible that a specific non-prescribed antibiotic may not cover the specific type of infection, so it is good to have a healthcare provider decide what drug would be best to treat any specific infection. ...Read more

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How effective are antibiotics for treating a kidney infection?

UTI: Only way to treat if infected and the culture documents it is susceptible to this abiotic. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Will antibiotics effectively treat anthrax infection?

Anthrax: It depends which kind is involved. Inhalation anthrax is very serious, and only 25% respond to antibiotics. Cutaneous and gastrointestinal anthrax responds much better to antibiotics - better than 50 - 60%. ...Read more

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Taking antibiotics for bladder infection, have sinus infection and anmox from previous illness will it hurt to take ammox & bactrum concurrently?

Taking antibiotics for bladder infection, have sinus infection and anmox from previous illness will it hurt to take ammox & bactrum concurrently?

No: No, but since they both have good (and somewhat overlapping) spectrums of activity, you likely will not need two antibiotics at the same time. Consider at least culturing your uti, especially if you are prone to recurrent infections - it may help identify a source...... ...Read more

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What antibiotic would be most effective for pneumonia-- amoxicillin, ampicillin, or penicillin?

What antibiotic would be most effective for pneumonia-- amoxicillin, ampicillin, or penicillin?

Depends: Pneumonia is an infection of the tissues of the lungs, and can be caused by many different organisms, including viruses, bacteria, atypical organisms, fungi, and even parasites, among others. The antibiotic of choice will depend on the bug and its sensitivity to antibiotics (if at all). ...Read more

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What antibiotics are prescribed for kidney infection?

What antibiotics are prescribed for kidney infection?

Depends: The best antibiotic for a urinary tract infection is based on the result of a culture and sensitivity testing of the urine. Empiric treatment is usually started with Amoxicillin or Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) while awaiting culture results. Culture and sensitivity take about two days. ...Read more

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Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis. Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?

Pulmonologist  prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis.  Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?

Yes and No: Yes and No. Cefzil and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are second generation cephalosporins, where as Keflex is a first generation. The second generation drugs have better gram-negative coverage however they have not as good gram-positive coverage for bacteria. It depends on which bacteria is being treated. ...Read more

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Can you have chronic bronchitis without copd? Does chronic bronchitis require antibiotics?

Chronic bronchitis: Your chronic bronchitis may be due to allergies in which case antibiotics are not needed.See an allergist and make sure you don't have asthma. ...Read more

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Cure for UTI without antibiotics ?

Cure for UTI without antibiotics ?

Antibiotics: The only proven cure for a bacterial urinary tract infection is antibiotics ...Read more

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What other antibiotics besides omincef and amoxicillin are used to treat children with strep throat?

What other antibiotics besides omincef and amoxicillin are used to treat children with strep throat?

Strep throat : To make a complete list of strep treatment drugs would take all the space we have to write a note to you. If you are looking for an alternative to the two you mentioned I would suggest Zithromax. It belongs to another class of drugs and is not related, which may help if allergy is a concern. It is equally effective as well. ...Read more

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Which class of antibiotics would be prescribed for someone with bacterial meningitis?

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Which class of antibiotics would be prescribed for someone with bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial Meningitis: Start with intravenous antibiotic with a corticosteroid, & one the type of bacteria is known from cultures, a more specific antibiotic can be started to combat that particular bacteria. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics effective for patients with bronchitis?

Are antibiotics effective for patients with bronchitis?

Sometimes...: If the person has acute bronchitis caused by a bacterial infection, then antibiotics will be effective. However, most cases of acute bronchitis are due to viral infections and antibiotics are completely ineffective for viral infections. See your doctor who can diagnose the etiology of the infection, . ...Read more

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Cellulitis-big toe.Not cured by 2 weeks augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) from dermatologist.Bad rxn to 1day of doxycycline.See infectious disease md? Podiatrist?(cbc pending.)

Cellulitis-big toe.Not cured by 2 weeks augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) from dermatologist.Bad rxn to 1day of doxycycline.See infectious disease md? Podiatrist?(cbc pending.)

Ouch!: I have a question. Was there any involvement of your toenail? Swelling, pain, tenderness or pus in the nail area? If so, i would encourage you to see a podiatrist. If there is nail growing into tissue, it will continue to act as a nidus for infection. Home it gets better soon. ...Read more

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How do I treat a presistent sinus infection without ingesting antibiotics ?

How do I treat a presistent sinus infection without ingesting antibiotics ?

Nasal irrigation: Sometimes irrigating the nose with large volumes of saline can help improve the nose's ability to clean itself. I have found that using the "neil-med" nasal irrigation system can be of some benefit. Decongestants can also be of help. If you have an allergic history antihistamines can be of benefit. You also want to make sure that you have the right diagnosis. Many times people think they have a sinus infection when they don't. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more