What is prophylaxis?

Prevention. Giving a medication, vaccine or treatment to prevent a disease.
Taking to prevent. The term implies taking or being administered a medication before to prevent it from happening. For example to take a heartburn medicine to prevent it. You are taking it prophylactic.

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What is postexposure prophylaxis or pep?

Prevention of hiv. One can be infected by HIV if stuck by an infected needle; however studies have shown that if highly active anti-retroviral (haart)medication is taken within 36 hours of exposure to the HIV virus through needle stick and/or body fluid or any bloody fluid, the risk of contracting the disease is dramatically decrease when haart is taken as prophilaxis ( prevention). Read more...
PEP. post exposure prophylaxis involves taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as possible after a potential exposure. It must begin within 72 hours, before the retrovirus has a chance to multiply in your body. It consists of 2 to 3 drugs taken for 28 days. It has been shown to greatly decrease the risk of acquiring HIV. You can get it at your doctor's office, emergency rooms, or a local HIV clinic. Good luck. Read more...

What is the best prophylaxis for traveler's diarrhea?

Food,H2O precautions. Travelers diarrhea is due to bacteria in water, uncooked foods, salads & fruits in developing countries; avoiding these will reduce the risk. Prescription medications for short term travelers may minimize diarrhea in certain circumstances. Prescriptions for self treament are sometimes given. Always get pre-travel advise, medications and vaccines from your pcp or infectious disease md. Read more...
Prevention. With good hand washing , avoiding raw foods, undercooked meat, and eating from street vendors. After that bismuth subsalicylate ( 2 tablets 4 times a day). Use of bismuth subsalicylate should be avoided by persons who are allergic to aspirin, during pregnancy, and by persons on certain medications, like warfarin. Routine Prophylactic antibiotics are not recommended. . Read more...

What causes my attacks and prophylaxis? I take ergotamine tartarate.

Migraines? If you are taking ergotamine, then someone has likely determined that your attacks are migraines. Migraines are a very common problem, but their cause is not entirely understood. There are many over-the-counter and prescription medications that may be helpful for migraine prophylaxis. Discuss your options with your doctor. Read more...

Traveling to 4 places in India (New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur & Ratambore) what do you recommend for prophylaxis? Thank you.

The best way to get. precise advice about this is to call your local Health Dept and ask about a traveler's clinic in your area.In general, routine immunizations recommended for North America should be up to date with strong consideration given to also receiving hepatitis A, typhoid, perhaps hepatitis B.Also, based on your itinerary Japanese encephalitis and rabies vaccines and malaria prophylaxis. Go to Travel Clinic. Read more...

What is subacute bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis?

Prophylaxis. This is antibiotic therapy given before a procedure which may induce bacteria into the blood stream in a patient with pre-existing heart valve abnormalities. There is very little evidence outside of some animal studies to suggest the efficacy of this, but it is often used because the doctor believes it is effective, or in fear of subsequent litigation if they fail to do so. Read more...

What is meant by "professional prophylaxis " to treat tooth discoloration. My teeth are cleaned every 6 months but brown stain remains.?

Cleaning. A prophylaxis is a teeth cleaning. Most of the extrinsic stain can be removed with this procedure. Tooth whitening procedures may help diminish internal staining . Read more...
DDS or Hygienist. If the stain remains after the cleaning it is intrinsic (coming from within the tooth) rather than extrinsic ( on the surface of enamel). Read more...
In case. Of decalcification, the enamel becomes weakened and become porous, therefore, it is susceptible to take in color from foods and drinks, e.g., tea, coffee, soy sauce, etc... Nicotine and heat from smoking cannot only damage teeth but bone and gum tissues as well. It cannot simply be polished away in this condition but bleaching and flouride will help if the surface is still smooth. Read more...
Professional Clean. Your dentist is more than likely going to use a combination of pumice and some type of acid or peroxide to try and scrub your stains away. I have seen great success with this technique. Follow up with bleaching for your best result. Read more...