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Why Do Antibiotics Not Work Well Against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa
Various reasons: Pseudomonas is a very common bacteria which has developed many clever ways of resisting different antibiotics. It can destroy the antibiotics with chemicals, pump the antibiotics out of its cell or become 'invisible' to antibiotics by changing the appearance of the bacteria. Pseudomonas can adapt to antibiotics & change during the course of treatment. Serious infections often require an expert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sensitivity: Sulfisoxazole does not kill all germs. It is effective with many gram negative and gram positive organisms. Different germs are susceptible to different antimicrobials. ...Read more
If u hav bacteria resistant to amoxycillin does this mean ur resistant to standard penecillin ? Amoxy didn't work for my infection but penecillin did
I have prostatitis (bacterial). I am taking an antibiotic course. I want to know how will antibiotics kill bacteria if they hide in prostate tissue?
Prostatitis meds: Hopefully your doctor considered which antibiotics are able to cross into the prostate since u are right- the prostate has a capsule around it that protects it. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin) are commonly used antibiotics for this indication. Treatment needs to be quite long- hope u get some relief. ...Read more
Varies: You MUST NOT use antibiotics -- topical or systemic -- as the sole treatment for acne. They need to be part of a combined treatment with topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or a retinoic acid derivative. Do this, and you may be able to manage on a combined regimen. If this fails, consider a systemic tetracycline or isotretinoin. The latter works but isn't for the faint-hearted. ...Read more
What cleansers are effective for cleaning and sterilizing my cpap mask and tubing to kill MRSA so I won't be colonized again?
Dilute bleach: A 1:10 dilution of bleach bottle is inexpensive and effective. Cleaning solutions other than soap and water may decrease the lifespan of your equipment, so more frequent replacement may be necessary. ...Read more
Can your body defend itself against bacteria in a cut without antibiotics? I think it's awful to rely on antibiotics so much. So I am using polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)
Yes, of course...: ...the body defends itself against infections in cuts, without antibiotics. Antibiotics have only been available for 75-80 years, but through the ages, most wounds didn't get seriously infected. Even now, antibiotics are not usually used to prevent infection in cuts; the main medical advice is to just keep the wound clean and dry. And FYI, polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more
Does penicillin kill protozoa. If not, what microorganisms apart from bacteria does it work against?
Penicillin activity: Penicillin only kills bacteria. There are other types of germs -- viruses, fungi, protozoa and infectious proteins. For those, other treatments are involved. Penicillin these days has only a few uses, because of resistance (it's one of the oldest antibiotics still used) and the proliferation of other antibiotics that are in some ways easier to use. Talk to an ID doc or pharmacist to learn more. ...Read more
Try these: Try taking a high dose of good probiotic (MegaFood, Megaflora Plus) 3-4 caps/day, vitamin D3 10,000 Iu/day, zinc 50 mg/day for 7-10 days while you have an infection Take a lower dose of all these on a maintenance basis if you get frequent URI (they help to prevent URI). Licorice tea also helps reduce congestion. Avoid all milk products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If tuberclousis is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, what do scientist do to help fight these bacteria?
Research: Research to find more effective medication options and combinations of multiple medications. ...Read more
See below: Bacteria reproduce at an alarmingly rapid rate. Due to the high rate, the rate or errors in their genetic material is relatively high as well. If a particular mutation gives rise to resistance to the particular antibiotic the patient is taking then that bacteria has a selective advantages and thus flourishes. ...Read more
Do antibacterial soaps/disinfectants protect against viruses? Wondering if all this disinfecting is doing much against things like h1n1.
Yes and yes.: Hand hygiene when done is actually quite goo at protecting everyone from infection. Alcohol, chlorhexidine, triclosan, bleach solutions, and iodine based sanitizers work well against viruses. So does plain old soap. Spores of certain bacteria are sometimes a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aren't antibiotics used for sinus infections or congestion? Why does the doctor not want to prescrib
Usually doesn't help: In fact, the vast majority of adult cases of sinusitis, pharyngitis, upper respiratory congestion, % ear infections do not require antibiotics. They are viral & some are allergic. Certain criteria suggest bacterial infections; e.g. Time course, specific signs, & no response to over-the-counter treatment. Also, flu % colds are caused by viruses only so bacterial antibiotics will not work at all. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is a common RX: Depending on the type of acne, the use of antibiotic solutions or oral antibiotics are sometimes used as part of treatment. The drawback is the skin germs can become resistant to whatever is being used at the time which leads to treatment failure. Find a skin doc you can work with and come up with a treatment plan you can work with. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any bacteria that augmentin could work better against in the testicles that cipro (ciprofloxacin) wouldn't work at all or/well against?
Probably neither one: The most common infection involving the testicles is epididymitis. At your age (22) most cases are caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea, and neither ciprofloxacin nor augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is reliable against either of them. If it's something else, or epididymitis cause by urinary tract infection bacteria, either may work but cipro probably is more reliable than augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). I hope you're under a doctor's care. ...Read more
Genetics: Bacteria adapt to antibiotics for survival. Small genetic mutations develop that give a bacterium a survival advantage. It makes copies of this genetic anamoly (on a separate genetic fragment called a plasmid) that then is passed on to other bacteria of the same species. Over time, succeeding generations have this advantage and since they survived, they are now resistant. ...Read more
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