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Doctor insights on: Why Do Antibiotics Help With Inflammation

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What is the difference between anti-inflammatory and antibiotic? If an anti-inflammatory treats an inflammation, when do we use antibiotic?

Infections: Antibiotics treat infections. But, some antibiotics also works as anti-inflammatories. The class of anti-inflammatories most well known are the non-steroidal medications like advil, ibuprofen, aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


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What should I do after I had a inflammation from a antibiotic for pain?

What should I do after I had a inflammation from a antibiotic for pain?

Wrong Question: Antibiotics do not cause inflammation. If you have pain that can be in the area of an inflammation. However where and what is you pain location. Be as specific as you can, since treatment can vary depending on your answer. ...Read more

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Can a pregnant woman suffering from urinary inflammation take penicillin antibiotic? What are the side effects and risks? What about alternatives?

Can a pregnant woman suffering from urinary inflammation take penicillin antibiotic? What are the side effects and risks? What about alternatives?

Penicillen: Penicillen is very safe in pregnancy and is the number one choice of antibiotic for group B beta strep prophylaxis in labor. As long as you aren't allergic to it, you should be fine. Only real issue is that you may get a yeast infection from antibiotic use. ...Read more

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Took Amoxillin 10 days 4 otitis. Still pain, inflammation, so now given Augmentin. Shouldn't I get different antibiotic class since no luck w/ amox.?

Took Amoxillin 10 days 4 otitis. Still pain, inflammation, so now given Augmentin. Shouldn't I get different antibiotic class since no luck w/ amox.?

Excellent Question: Excellent question high dose Augmentin fine second line versus Fluoroquinolones and ENT referral even more appropriate for possible myringotomy/tympanostomy Abe specialist evaluation /hearing test. ...Read more

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I am doing IVF next month and currently facing prostat inflammation and taking ciprofloxacin. Does this antibiotic affect sperm quality?

I am doing IVF next month and currently facing prostat inflammation and taking ciprofloxacin. Does this antibiotic affect sperm quality?

Yes, improves it: If you have prostatitis then sperm production is being interfered with by the inflammation of the infection. The antibiotic will eliminate the infection and improve overall sperm production. ...Read more

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I have been suffering from conjuctivitis for the last 10 days. Ihave been using antibiotic drops and drops for inflammation. Still I have watery eyes and blurred vision. Could it beanything serious?

I have been suffering from conjuctivitis for the last 10 days. Ihave been using antibiotic drops and drops for inflammation. Still I have watery eyes and blurred vision. Could it beanything serious?

Could be Viral: Conjunctivitis could be due to viral infection in which case antibiotics usually do not help and infact may cause even more uncomfortable eyes due to their potentials for allergy. Viral conjunctivitis may run its course and one can benifit from cold compresses and artificial tears. One should try to avoid rubbing the eyes. If symptoms persist, seeing an ophthalmologist is recommend. ...Read more

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Can you have an inflammation without having fever? For example, when you have a cold can u take an antibiotic like augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) despite no fever?

Can you have an inflammation without having fever? For example, when you have a cold can u take an antibiotic like augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) despite no fever?

No antibiotics: A cold is a viral infection. Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections. Taking any antibiotic when you have a cold is a bad idea. It does absolutely nothing to treat the cold, and puts you at unnecessary risk of side effects from the antibiotic. In addition, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics because of their inappropriate use to treat viral infections. ...Read more

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I have inflammation at my prostate, treated with permixon160 mg three months now, anti biotics for a month, it improved but now it's stuck, any recom?

I have inflammation at my prostate, treated with permixon160 mg three months now, anti biotics for a month, it improved but now it's stuck, any recom?

Re-check with doctor: Serenoa repens (permixon) has been used for the treatment of men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (bph). The drug contains an extract of the dwarf american palm known as serenoa repens. As time goes by, a man's prostate changes, and changes can happen even while on treatment. A urologist can re-evaluate to see if a new medicine or other treatment can help, since symptoms are not going away. ...Read more

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I was perscribed antiobiotics against the urine inflammation, and some hours later I noticed that the redness on my penis is more swollen. Is thi norm?

Not exactly: 20y male with gu infection likely urethritis, so may be able to see part of problem & it may worsen some prior to improving for first 24-48 hours. If 2+ days on meds and still worsening, get rechecked by dr. ...Read more

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Inflamed pharyngitis 30 days now & given antibiotics told it's acute but I've got some spots on back of tongue is this why the inflammations not gone?

Inflamed pharyngitis 30 days now & given antibiotics told it's acute but I've got some spots on back of tongue is this why the inflammations not gone?

May not be bacterial: I would recommend a follow up visit since you may have developed a yeast infection while you were on the antibiotics. Also, many sore throats are caused not by bacteria but by a virus. In this case rest, liquids and analgesics such as Ibuprofen or a sore throat spray containing 1.4% phenol will help you feel better while your body fights off the infection. ...Read more

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I just visited my docter. He says you facing prostate infection. Doctor prescribe me antiboitic and anti inflammation medicine. And its curable plz guid?

I just visited my docter. He says you facing prostate infection. Doctor prescribe me antiboitic and anti inflammation medicine. And its curable plz guid?

Yes: It is curable you just have to finish he course of antibiotic therapy which can be rather long for prostate infections. Closely follow the instructions of your primary care physician, you should heal well. ...Read more

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I have ureaplasma parv. (10^6), HPV 16, uterus ectopia and frequent inflammations. 3 courses of dif. Antibiotics didn't help with parvum. How to heal?

I have ureaplasma parv. (10^6), HPV 16, uterus ectopia and frequent inflammations. 3 courses of dif. Antibiotics didn't help with parvum. How to heal?

Not U. parvum: Ureplasma parvum is an entirely normal bacteria in the genital tract of healthy people. It is not the cause of any symptoms, including the ones you have. If three different antibiotic courses didn't clear things up, almost certainly no bacterial infection is the problem, but HPV might be the cause of the cervical ectopy, which in turn can cause vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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When should I go to the doctor for a possible lung infection? I went to a doctor last week for inflammation of the lungs brought on by a virus. My husband was hospitalized with pneumonia. I was given antiobiotics and albuterol, as well as other meds. I ha

When should I go to the doctor for a possible lung infection? I went to a doctor last week for inflammation of the lungs brought on by a virus. My husband was hospitalized with pneumonia. I was given antiobiotics and albuterol, as well as other meds. I ha

You: You need to have a follow up with your doctor. There is a chance that you could have pneumonia and/or bronchitis that is resistant to the antibiotics given. You may need a chest x-ray or follow up x-ray if one was already done.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Recovery for diverticulitisi was diagnosed 10 days ago how long does soreness and inflamation last on am still on antibiotics. Minimal pain?

About three weeks: When you have diverticulitis this means infection in the bowels, that take about three weeks to improve, unless you have complications. ...Read more

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I got a blood in my urine and inflamation. What can I do to heal it faster? I got 1 day antibiotics for it, but im not sure if its enough, pain is big

I got a blood in my urine and inflamation. What can I do to heal it faster? I got 1 day antibiotics for it, but im not sure if its enough, pain is big

More antibiotics: I hope you mean 1-a-day antibiotics and not antibiotics for a single day. There are afew antibiotics given as 1-a-day. Your UTI may be due to a resistant organism if you have been taking it for at least three days without relief. In which case you need to go on another antibiotic. Would be a good idea to have aurine culture with drug sensitivities, if not done already. If done check sensitivities. ...Read more

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Are the antibiotics (clindam & Flagyl) can reduce the inflamation of sinus?

Are the antibiotics (clindam & Flagyl) can reduce the inflamation of sinus?

Sinusitis: Both Clindamycin and Metronidazole are effective against anaerobic organisms, but are not general choices in the empirical management of sinus infections. Your doctor must have some particular problem diagnosed if they are using these. This is a complicated issue and should be discussed with the treating doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What antibiotic or cream should I used for adversed reaction of aldara (imiquimod) cream on my skin, it was inflammed and painful?

What antibiotic or cream should I used for adversed reaction of aldara (imiquimod) cream on my skin, it was inflammed and painful?

Antibiotic ointment: Aldara (imiquimod) is used, topically, for treatment of warts or superficial skin cancers/precancerous skin lesions. If it is working well, ulceration of the treated skin will result after several weeks. Treatment with topical antibacterials will promote uneventful healing. I usually recommend Bacitracin ointment, polysporin ointment or neosporin ointment. ...Read more

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My root canal got infected and I got a cheek inflamation. Igot it re-treated and a lot of draining was done. My cheek isless inflamed now. I am still on antibiotics. Is all ok?

My root canal got infected and I got a cheek inflamation. Igot it re-treated and a lot of draining was done. My cheek isless inflamed now. I am still on antibiotics. Is all ok?

Possibly: When did your dentist last see you? If it was when you were in the condition you are now and he felt comfortaable with you just maintaining the antibiotics. But, I suspect it has been a while and if that is the case, I suggest you return for him to check it out. The antibiotics should have suppressed the infection by now. ...Read more

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I have leukopenia probably caused by interferons which I use for MS. Now, I have also teeth inflamation. Which antibiotics does't cause leukopenia?

I have leukopenia probably caused by interferons which I use for MS. Now, I have also teeth inflamation. Which antibiotics does't cause leukopenia?

Immune modulation: May have indeed caused the drop in white cells. Gingivitis can occur with Co Q10 deficiency. (use of B interferon) Make sure your Folate, (folic acid) B12 and B6 levels are normal (CoQ10 won't work if any are low) Consider taking Co Q10 (the antioxidant form). Antibiotics may not be needed if you act quickly. Make sure your doctor is involved in the decision making. ...Read more

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How long will the swelling of my daughter's inflammed tonsils take to go down. She has only just started using antibiotics and lots of water and Vit C?

How long will the swelling of my daughter's inflammed tonsils take to go down. She has only just started using antibiotics and lots of water and Vit C?

Depends: On the extent of the inflammation, usually 24-48 hours when using the right antibiotic, and it is bacterial, not viral pharyngitis, keep the other measures though, rest, fluids, salt water gargles, etc., good luck ...Read more

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Chest Xray revealed inflamation. Diagnosed bronchitis. Prescribed antibiotic. Confused if I should take antibiotic since bronchitis is usually viral?

Chest Xray revealed inflamation. Diagnosed bronchitis. Prescribed antibiotic. Confused if I should take antibiotic since bronchitis is usually viral?

Bronchitis: You are absolutely correct. This is 95-98% viral or due to chemical exposures. Do not know how to diagnose this by CXR, but it sounds as if you might benefit from obtaining a second opinion. Do not take antibiotics unless there is a proven pathogen for which it is indicated. Good luck. ...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