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I hvae to have hernia surgery on10/31. I think I have an abcesed tooth. I have antibiotics for it. Is it ok to take them?

I hvae to have hernia surgery on10/31. I think I have an abcesed tooth. I have antibiotics for it. Is it ok to take them?

Root canal: I would have the tooth treated before your surgery. Sounds like it may need a root canal. At least have the procedure started before the surgery you don't want to have the infection compromise you healing from the surgery. ...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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Shoulder surgery 2 1/2 weeks away and I have antibiotic to take for mini cold. Is it okay to take them? Is antibiotic an antiinflammatory?

Shoulder surgery 2 1/2 weeks away and I have antibiotic to take for mini cold. Is it okay to take them? Is antibiotic an antiinflammatory?

Shoulder injury: Ok to take antibiotic , You should make your surgeon aware that u r doing so . Most antibiotics have no any inflammatory properties , i.e. They r two completely different classes of medications ...Read more

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I had surgery a few days ago & was given painkillers & antibiotics. I'm still nauseous and lethargic. How long should it take for this to pass?

I had surgery a few days ago & was given painkillers & antibiotics. I'm still nauseous and lethargic. How long should it take for this to pass?

Depends on what: surgery and anesthesia was used how long it will stay in your body, whether you were under general or MAC anesthesia. You will be nauseous and lethargic initially. Then, it should get better each day. If you were under anesthesia for many hours it will take longer, as the anesthesia takes longer to get out of your system. So, make sure to get a lot of rest! ...Read more

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Need antibiotic for dental surgery can't take penicillin or cindimycin what else is effective but not hard on body. ?

Need antibiotic for dental surgery can't take penicillin or cindimycin  what else is  effective but not hard on body. ?

Other ideas: You should talk with your dr about using something in the tetracycline family or the fluroroquinolone family. ...Read more

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Even a mild dose of antibiotic causes severe mouth of ulcers and post surgery it is necessary to take antibiotic... Any other substitute ..Plz suggest?

Even a mild dose of antibiotic causes severe mouth of ulcers and post surgery it is necessary to take antibiotic... Any other substitute ..Plz suggest?

Ask your doc: Please see your doc to make sure that your mouth ulcers are not a fungus or other infection. As him or her if you can take a natural antimicrobial such as olive leaf extract in place of your antibiotic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long should a patient take antibiotics post surgery?

How long should a patient take antibiotics post surgery?

It depend : On the situation, clean cases we do not give antibiotic after surgery.
Some involved cases we give antibiotic befor and during and post surgery. ...Read more

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I have a urinary tract infection but am going for major surgery on Tuesday &can't take antibiotics,is there something else I can take?

I have a urinary tract infection but am going for major surgery on Tuesday &can't take antibiotics,is there something else I can take?

Well: If you have a urinary tract infection you need an antibiotic. Did you diagnose yourself? I would advise you to see a doctor you do not want to undergo a major surgery with any chance of any infection not safe for you ...Read more

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I have what feels like urinary tract infection but am going in for major surgery on Tuesday so am not able to take antibiotics,is there anything else?

I have what feels like urinary tract infection but am going in for major surgery on Tuesday so am not able to take antibiotics,is there anything else?

Inform doctor.: It would not be wise to undergo major surgery with an active infection. As well, a UTI can often be treated with just three days of antibiotics. You should notify your surgeon and/or regular doctor. You should not undergo major surgery in the context of an active infection. ...Read more

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Just had carpal tunnel release surgery and was prescribed keflex I do not want to take antibiotics do I really have to take antibiotics ?

Just had carpal tunnel release surgery and was prescribed keflex I do not want to take antibiotics do I really have to take antibiotics ?

Someone thinks so: Without specifics such as health, other probems and what you have in or on your body it is too hard to answer this on line. The person you need to discuss this with is the prescrber. ...Read more

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I had mitral valve surgery and have had a post-cold bronchitis (cough, sputum, lethargy) for 3 weeks that is not improving. Should I take antibiotics?

I had mitral valve surgery and have had a post-cold bronchitis (cough, sputum, lethargy) for 3 weeks that is not improving. Should I take antibiotics?

See your doctor: Post viral bronchitis and cough can persist for weeks and antibiotics are best avoided. But bacterial superinfection can occur. With your symptoms it would be best for you to be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances i can get an infection after having right-hand carpal tunnel release surgery and should I take antibiotics to prevent it?

What are the chances i can get an infection after having right-hand carpal tunnel release surgery and should I take antibiotics to prevent it?

Low: The surgical infection rate after carpal tunnel release is low, probably well less than one percent. Antibiotics are sometimes used before surgery as a prophylaxis as well. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is moxifloxacin a good antibiotic for use after a surgery?

Depends on Surgery: This question depends on the type and nature of surgery you had. Some operations do not require any antibiotics at all after the procedure. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics for wisdom teeth surgery imporant?

Are antibiotics for wisdom teeth surgery imporant?

If Indicated: Antibiotics are prescribed to treat an existing infection, or to prevent or decrease the risk of infection in a patient with a predisposing condition in which the surgery may increase the risk of infection. Your dentist or surgeon will determine if antibiotics are to be prescribed for you based on your medical history, presenting symptoms, clinical exam, and if any complications during surgery. ...Read more

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Do i need antibiotics after surgery?

Sometimes: It depends on the type of surgery being performed. You should ask your surgeon if it is indicated. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic cream for incision after surgery?

What is a good antibiotic cream for incision after surgery?

Surgical incisions: It is not necessary to apply antibiotic creams to a surgical incision that is healing well and without signs of infection. Dressing changes as advised by your surgeon and cleansing with mild soap and water is usually all that is needed. If the incision looks infected, you need to see your doctor; sometimes this requires a small procedure to clean the wound, +/- antibiiotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about antibiotic cream for incision after surgery?

No need: Unless there is an infection (which would have to be rather minor to be treated in this manner) there is no need for antibiotic cream. ...Read more

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Hello dr, last week i had a surgery at my gums , I am taking antibiotic. Can i eat suchy or suchimy?

Hello dr,  last week i had a surgery at my gums , I am taking antibiotic. Can i eat suchy or suchimy?

OK: You can eat sushi and sashimi, from a health conscious reliable vendor or restaurant, without concern. And follow your dentist's advice for keeping your gums healthy. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics necessary after wisdom tooth surgery?

Not usually: Most swelling after surgery comes from the trauma to tissue during extraction. This is true of any surgical procedure.
Antibiotics are prescribed in some situations, and your surgeon would advise you if needed. ...Read more

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Which antibiotic is best to treat hidradenitis suppurativa? Should I get a culture? There can't be surgery due to severe Haemophilia.

Which antibiotic is best to treat hidradenitis suppurativa? Should I get a culture? There can't be surgery due to severe Haemophilia.

Based on cultures: Though some physicians will try a course of vancomycin, clindamycin, amoxicillin, and others, the best thing to do is to obtain cultures and sensitivities. Keep in mind the non-antibiotic-based therapies may be an option including the use of anti-TNF alpha therapy. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with vageneal cysts. I got some antibiotics. Is there any other way of getting rid of them other than surgery?

Depends: If the vaginal cysts are because of an infection, they may go away as the infection responds to the antibiotics. If the cysts are nabothian cysts, they will go away on their own. If they are sebaceous cysts they can come and go - but sometimes require surgery. If they are Bartholin's gland or duct cysts, skeins gland cyst, or gartner duct cysts - they will probably need to be treated surgically. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to penicillin, my girlfriend has been taking penicillin antibiotics for a surgery, will it affect me while having sex?

Possible: Penicillin allergy from sexual contact has been reported although it must be rare as I have not seen a patient reporting this problem. If you have anaphylaxis to penicillin, you should use a condom until 48 hrs after she has completed the course of penicillin just to be safe. If the reaction is just a skin rash , it would be your choice to use condom or not. ...Read more