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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Why is this eye infection not responding to antibiotics?

Why is this eye infection not responding to antibiotics?

May be viral or...: Viral eye infections are like the common cold...They don't respond to antibiotics and just need to run their course. Or, maybe it is not an infection, but rather an inflammatory problem. If not responding to drops within 7-10 days, see an eye doctor for further examination to figure out what the real problem is. ...Read more

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Why is it that the physician proscribe antibiotics for viral infection?

Why is it that the physician proscribe antibiotics for viral infection?

Logic: Most viral infections have no effective antiviral and most antibiotics are anti bacterial but not antiviral. There are a few viruses with specific counteractive medication such as herpes. But the prescription of antibiotics for illness most likely caused by virus is wasteful and can lead to the production of resistant bacteria. Patients however, insist on antibiotics when they are ill. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be prescribed azithromycin for a bacterial infection that is not an std?

Is it normal to be prescribed azithromycin for a bacterial infection that is not an std?

Yes, very often: Azithromycin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, especially for skin or respiratory infections like bronchitis or sinusitis. It is also used for chlamydia and gonorrhea, but most prescriptions are for other infections. Single dose treatment is the rule for STDs, but multiple dose prescriptions are usually for non STD problems. (If you're checking up on someone, better to just ask!) ...Read more

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What happens if UTI is resistant to antibiotics?

What happens if UTI is resistant to antibiotics?

UTI: If someone has a uti, finding out which antibiotics the bacteria is susceptible is very important. This allows us to use the best antibiotic on the patient. Using broad spectrum antibiotics or the wrong antibiotics can lead to resistant bacteria which is much harder to kill. It requires very power antibiotics to kill resistant bacteria and leads to the so called "super bugs" like MRSA and vre. ...Read more

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Why are antibiotics prescribed for rosacea? Is it a bacterial infection?

Why are antibiotics prescribed for rosacea? Is it a bacterial infection?

No: The antibiotics decrease bacteria which be a factor but are used more as antiinflammator drugs to decrease inflammation. The drugs decrease activity of white blood cells which are overactive in rosacea. ...Read more

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Is it bad to keep taking antibiotics often for bladder infections?

Is it bad to keep taking antibiotics often for bladder infections?

UTI's: The question here is why are you having frequent uti's requiring antibiotics. Second are these proven uti's by urine culture. Many times you have urinary symptoms that may not be caused by uti's. And yes, is not good to take a lot of antibiotics, it may lead to bacterial resistance and in a female to vaginal infections that may lead to more uti's. See a urologist and get a work up. ...Read more

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What do you think about systemic yeast infection? Why is it not scientifically accepted when vaginal yeast and thrush is?

What do you think about systemic yeast infection? Why is it not scientifically accepted when vaginal yeast and thrush is?

Doesn't exist: That's a little like asking why there's no "athlete's foot of the heart." there are many infections that can be external or mucosal but don't cause systemic infections because of the nature of the organism. Candidiasis is one of them. Except when it's spread through the bloodstream due to injection drug use or infected intravenous catheters, it's a fungus that affects mucosal surfaces. ...Read more

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I have an extremely sore throat.Doctor determined it is not mono or strep but it is bacterial. It is not responding to antibiotics. What could it be?

I have an extremely sore throat.Doctor determined it is not mono or strep but it is bacterial.  It is not responding to antibiotics. What could it be?

Chronic tonsillitis : It's possible that you have a chronic infection that is resistant to the antibiotics that you have tried. Cultures are not always accurate, not always get a good sample. There could be other causes for the chronic soreness like allergies, postnatal drip, or even acid reflux. This is something that should be evaluated by an ENT doctor. However, removing your tonsils might be an option. ...Read more

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E.Coli in urine culture. Whats this? Is this serious issue if not treated? Is it STD or infection? And how it can be treated?

E.Coli in urine culture. Whats this? Is this serious issue if not treated? Is it STD or infection? And how it can be treated?

E. coli: E. Coli normally reside in the bowel, but not in the bladder or urine. It is not an std, but in sufficient numbers can cause a urinary tract infection, which usually can be readily treated with antibiotics. If a urinary tract infection is not treated, it can lead to more serious complications such as a kidney infection. ...Read more

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I have an extremely sore throat/fever. Determined it is not mono or strep but it is bacterial. It is not responding to antibiotics. What could it be?

I have an extremely sore throat/fever. Determined it is not mono or strep but it is bacterial. It is not responding to antibiotics. What could it be?

Confusing question: You say it is bacterial but indicate strep is negative. For routine throat infections, that is the limit of our list.If exposure to gonorrhea is a possibility, that would be a less common but painful possibility as a bacterial infection. Most non-strep sore throats are due to one of a hand full of upper respiratory viruses, non of which improve with antibiotics. ...Read more

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How common is it to have more discharge after yeast infection treatment?

How common is it to have more discharge after yeast infection treatment?

Yes: It takes several days sometimes for the infection to be treated completely. Whether the treatment is oral or vaginal would determine how long your discharge lasts. Check with your hcp if you are not compl;etely better after being treated. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to have antibiotics to treat ear infections?

Is it necessary to have antibiotics to treat ear infections?

No: The majority of ear infections are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won't help. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if your baby is less than 6 months of age, or if the infection is severe. Older toddlers who have mild illness or whose diagnosis is uncertain can be watched without antibiotics, with close follow up over the next 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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Why is a urinary tract infection that started together with a vagina yeast infection treated with antibiotics? Isn't it fungal infection?

Why is a urinary tract infection that started together with  a vagina yeast infection treated with antibiotics? Isn't it fungal infection?

?two separate issues: A vaginal yeast infection can certainly irritate the area & that irritation can lead to a secondary invasion by germs that commonly hang around the genitals. The short distance between the pee outlet & the bladder makes women susceptible to invasion from the outside.Both the yeast & the germ would need separate rx. The best way to confirm a germ is involved is with a urine culture prior to rx. ...Read more

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What is bacterial vaginosis? Is it a seriously infection can it make you infertil or cause cancer?

What is bacterial vaginosis? Is it a seriously infection can it make you infertil or cause cancer?

See below: Bacterial vaginosis results from an imbalance in the normal vaginal bacteria. It's quite common, not serious, and has been thought of as a nuisance in the past. It usually gives a whitish discharge and is readily treatable with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still itch after treating yeast infection?

Is it normal to still itch after treating yeast infection?

Yes: The skin may stay irritated until it heals. Try using some coconut oil to sooth the skin. ...Read more

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What is genitourinary tract infection? Is it cure able by taking antibiotics? Is it STD? How it can be treated? What are its symptoms?

What is genitourinary tract infection? Is it cure able by taking antibiotics? Is it STD? How it can be treated? What are its symptoms?

See Physician: A genitalurinary track infection means an infection in your genitals or your urinary track. Or even both. This can indead suggest an STI. It is treated with antibiotics. You should see you physician for evaluation and treatment. Especially if you are having fever and burning on urination. ...Read more

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I have re-occurring bacterial vaginosis. I'm always prescribed Flagyl but it doesn't seem to help. What is a good antibiotic and ways to prevent it?

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I have re-occurring bacterial vaginosis.  I'm always prescribed Flagyl but it doesn't seem to help. What is a good antibiotic and ways to prevent it?

Chronic problems: May warrant an evaluation by a vaginitis specialist. If hygiene modification and Flagyl gel or pill has not been working, then their expertise may be needed. Make sure infection has been ruled out. Your doctor can also check for ureaplasma and mycoplasma to see if these organisms are present. The treatment is different. Good luck! ...Read more

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Why is it that viruses can't be treated with antibiotics?

Molecular design: Antibiotics are "constructed" at the molecular level to interfere with specific aspects of bacterial cell replication. Different antibiotics interfere in different ways, which is why all antibiotics aren't effective against all types of bacteria. Viruses aren't cells; they are small particles of nucleic acid covered with a protein coat. They replicate by invading the body's cells. ...Read more

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What would or could happen if I was to continue and ignore this yeast infection or bacterial infection? or whatever it is?

What would or could happen if I was to continue and ignore   this yeast infection or bacterial infection? or whatever it is?

Get worse: most likely it will get worse or cause other issues. Please see your local MD to have it evaluated and treated Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any future dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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Vaginitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching, and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Reduced estrogen levels after menopause and some skin disorders ...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