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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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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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Which antibiotics will treat stds?

Which antibiotics will treat stds?

Varies: This depends on the STD. There are at least a dozen illnesses than can pass through sexual contact.Some STD's are viral and may benefit from antiviral treatment for control, but not cure. A targeted evaluation and specific treatment by a physician is needed for the best outcome. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics treat shingles?

Can antibiotics treat shingles?

No: Shingles is medical condition caused be reactivation of the virus that causes chickenpox (varicella). Antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections) are not routinely used, unless the treating physician believes that a bacteria such as strep or staph has infected the skin involved with the shingles. Antivirals, however, are useful for the treatment of shingles. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillin treat gonnorrhea/chlamydia?

Will amoxicillin treat gonnorrhea/chlamydia?

Minimal help: The emergence of strains of gonorrhea resistant to the penicillin group of meds in the late 70's make this a poor choice.Amoxicillin may have some effect on the gc and is rarely used for chlamydia. The standard treatment for a dual infection is doxycycline+azithromycin. See www.Cdc.Gov/std/treatment/2010/gonococcal-infections.Htm. ...Read more

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Will Flagyl treat strep?

Will Flagyl treat strep?

NO: Flagyl (metronidazole) is an antibiotic that has activity against a variety of anaerobic bacteria( bacteria that only grow in the absence of oxygen). It has no activity against aerobic streptococcus species and relatively weak activity against anaerobic streptococcus species. ...Read more

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Can cephalosporins work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Sometimes: There are several kinds or "generations" of cephalosporins antibiotics, which are antibiotics that are chemically related to penicillin. Some of the drugs in this class are highly effective against pseudomonas and some are not. In fact this can vary to some degree depending on the antibiotic sensitivities specific to the pseudomonas strains prevalent in a particular hospital or community. ...Read more

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Will doxycycline treat hemorrhoidal infection?

Will doxycycline treat hemorrhoidal infection?

Proctitis?: Hemorrhoids don't generally get infected. Maybe rectal inflammation/infection (proctitis)? If so, or if you have an anal fissure, doxycycline might help. If under a doctor's care, follow his or her advice. If not, see a doctor now. If your anus has been sexually exposed, get tested for STD; doxycycline is the treatment of choice for rectal chlamydia. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics will cure MRSA?

Which antibiotics will cure MRSA?

Wrong question: MRSA is a type of bacteria. There are many types of MRSA. Was it acquired in the hospital or in the community? Did it occur while taking an antibiotic? Is it boils or cellulitis or pneumonia or infected wound, etc. The best approach depends on the diagnosis. If it is an abscess, drainage, not antibiotic, is the correct approach. ...Read more

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Will only bacterial sinusitis respond to antibiotics?

Will only bacterial sinusitis respond to antibiotics?

Yes: Since antibiotics are only meant to fight off bacterial infection and are useless against viruses. Some sinus infections are fungal in nature an those need be adresssed with anti-fungals. ...Read more

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Will biaxin (clarithromycin) treat tooth infection?

Concur: I concur w the other drs. That have answered this question that penicillin is the antibiotic of choice to control dental infection. Notice i said control, not cure. To cure the infection you must physically remove the infected tooth material (root canal or extraction). An antibiotic will help control the severity of the infection until the infected tissue can be removed. Please see dentist. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics treat asthma?

No: Antibiotics may be needed to treat associated complications of asthma, but they are of no direct benefit to the process. ...Read more

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Can quinolones work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Can quinolones work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Sometimes: Quinilones in the past were very effective against pseudomonas, however because of their widespread and some might say, excessive use in the hospital and community many strains of pseudomonas are now resistant to these antibiotics. They still retain effectiveness in some cases, and specific testing of the germ grown from the patient (culture results) can determine if this is true in a given case. ...Read more

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Can monobactams work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Can monobactams work to treat pseudomonas aeruginosa?

Yes: But this depends upon what infection and the sensitivities of the strain of pseudomonas with which the patient is infected. ...Read more

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Will ciprol treat pharangitis?

Will ciprol treat pharangitis?

No: Pharyngitis is usually caused by a virus, so antibiotics are useless and not indicated. There are two common exceptions, streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat), and pharyngitis due to gonorrhea or chlamydia. Ciprol (ciprofloxacin) would not be an appropriate antibiotic for any of those infections. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics treat mono?

Can antibiotics treat mono?

No, it is viral: Mono is an infection by ebv virus, and is seen more often in teens or young adults. Ebv virus is contagious in the saliva. Younger kids who catch ebv usually do not get the mono syndrome of prolonged fatigue, aches, swollen glands, huge tonsils, fevers, sore throat, swollen spleen, etc... Occasionally, middle ear or sinus infections, or a coincidental strep throat, occur and need antibiotics. ...Read more

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