Prevention Beats Antibiotics for Infections

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Can flagyl treat bacteria growth beneath skin?
Flagyl treats many types of infections. To determine whether Flagyl will treat the bacteria growth you are referring to really depends on the bacteria type and the nature of the infection.

Does your body become resistant to the z pack medication?
It is more about the BACTERIA becoming resistant to antibiotics than your body becoming resistant to antibiotics. Bacteria can become resistant to many antibiotics. Your doctor can help determine which antibiotic is best for your condition.

What is too much penicillin? Once a yer, twice, etc
What is important is for patients to be treated appropriately- this means receiving the right antibiotic for the right condition at the right time. Different people often require different amounts of antibiotics and whether or not the person should have an antibiotic really depends on the medical condition and the health of the patient. Your doctor should help determine what is appropriate for you.

What can a person do if they are allergic to the ‘cillin’ family. What are our options?
There are many antibiotics other than penicillin that are used to treat infectious conditions. If you are allergic to penicillin and you need an antibiotic, your doctor should prescribe a different antibiotic.

I don’t take antibiotics unless really necessary.  If I catch bacteria from a person who is resistant to antibiotics, will they still work for me?
It is the bacteria that becomes resistant to antibiotics, not the person. Whether or not an antibiotic works for you will depend on the bacteria and the type of infection that’s being treated.

Does the overeating of meat (animals) treated by antibiotics have any affect on increased human resistance to the drug?
The CDC states that: “Antibiotics are widely used in food-producing animals. This use contributes to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals. These resistant bacteria can contaminate the foods that come from those animals, and persons who consume these foods can develop antibiotic-resistant infections.” Please view for more information

What is the cause and treatment of under arm boils?
Many people suffer with underarm “boils”. They can be caused by many things such as ingrown hairs and bacterial infections. See your doctor to determine what type of “boil” you might have. If the “Boil” is caused by bacterial infection it might be treated with draining the boil and/or antibiotics. However, the treatment really depends on the exact diagnosis.

How does one reverse adverse effects of medication like weight gain?
The most important thing is to find out if the weight gain you are referring to is caused by a particular medication. Medications and antibiotics can have many side effects and you should speak with your doctor about which symptoms may be caused by medication.

My daughter had strep throat 5 times the year she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Could antibiotics have contributed to this?
There are some medical conditions, such as Diabetes etc, that could make it easier for some people to get infections. Antibiotics are medications that are used to treat infections; they are often used to treat strep throat as well as many other infections.

I have been told I need to take antibiotics before EVERY dental procedure since age 7. I am much older now, should I continue this?
Some people do need to take antibiotics before dental procedures. But whether you need to continue taking them really depends on WHY you were advised to take them in the first place. You want to speak with your doctor about the condition that the antibiotic is intended to prevent/treat and then you can discuss with your doctor whether you need to keep taking them or not!

I was wondering if you were diagnosed and treated for mrsa before, are you more susceptible in the future?
It is possible to get MRSA again if you have had it in the past. But here are some ways to protect yourself:

1. Hygiene is essential!! Wash your hands often and clean body regularly, especially after exercise.
2. Keep cuts, scrapes, and wounds clean and covered until healed.
3. Don’t share personal items such as towels and razors.
4. See your doctor right away if you think you have an infection!

After a week of my kidneys punching me I got to the doctor on October 1st and she prescribed Cipro 500mg 2x a day. I finished the week and called back because I didn’t feel 90% yet. She didn’t refill but told me to keep flushing water and give it another week. I still feel 90%, no punches, but “tired” in that area. Do I need more Cipro? Or, what else could it be?
I would recommend actually going back to see your doctor in the office so that you can be examined in person again. Your doctor will then be able to determine the next course of action, whether this is doing more tests (such as another urine test, etc) or prescribing other meds, etc. As a general rule, I recommend to my patients that if their symptoms are not improving or are worsening they should come back to see me!

I previously had an infection on my knee that started out as a pimple.   I went to the doctor and was given an antibiotic  that seemed to do  the trick. It did appear that the infection moved from my knee to my calf and eventually in tandem with taking the medications it went away. Question, a month later I have another pimple and it appeared to get infected again.  I popped the pimple and it cleared up.   Should I be concerned?
It is difficult to say what these “pimples” are exactly -they may be infections or they may be something else. I recommend going in to your doctor right away if you get another “pimple” so your doctor can see how the lesion looks when you first get them. Avoid squeezing or popping these, because they can be made worse.

Is two Z pacs a year too much?
There is not a set number of how many antibiotics are “too much.” But you can speak with your doctor about what conditions you would need an antibiotic for and which ones you don’t need an antibiotic for, as antibiotics should only be taken when needed. Remember to only take antibiotics when prescribed to you by a physician, take them completely and do not stop taking them even if your symptoms go away.

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