Medicines that destroy or restrict the growth of bacteria, and thus treat bacterial infections, are called antibiotics. They are only used to treat bacterial infections and cannot fight viral infections. Some commonly used antibiotics are Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, Clindamycin, Metronidazole, Azithromycin, Norfloxacin, and Ciprofloxacin.

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How can I reduce pain when changing dressing of infected wound?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had my foot sole stabbed by wood recently and unfortunately, it got infected. Now every day I go to the hospital to change the dressing. The wound is just at the center of my right foot sole, please tell me how to reduce the pain when dressing change. The nurse uses the alcohol ...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. For infected wound, you have to do regular dressing and an anti-inflammatory drug can be prescribed for that. Ibuprofen like anti-inflammatory drug will be helpful in relieving inflammation. Infection involves inflammation component as ...  Read Full »

I have urinary tract infection and Septra did not help. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know the next steps I need to take for a UTI that has been treated with Septra that did not work, and then with Ceftriaxone IV followed by 400 mg of Norfloxacin BID. With both medications, I saw an initial improvement for 24 hours. Unfortunately, urine culture was not perform...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query, and I can understand your concern. It would be best if you had culture-specific antibiotics. I would suggest starting empirical therapy comprising antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, and alpha-blockers. 1) Tablet Levofloxacin 500 mg at bedtime for five ...  Read Full »

How to reduce the continuous cough in my 9-month-old son?

Query: Hello doctor, My 9-month-old son is facing problems of the chest with a cough for the last four days. He coughs the whole day like he is going to vomit but nothing comes out. Please suggest the medicine to use so that his cough, sputum can come out.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your question in detail and I know that you are very concerned about your child. It seems that your child probably has got a lower respiratory tract infection. Since you are already taking antibiotic Ofloxacin prescribed yesterday according to prescription a...  Read Full »

How can I manage the parotid gland swelling?

Query: Hello doctor, I was sick for two weeks with flu and now I have parotid gland infection (swelling) on the right side of my face which is getting bigger on the second day of antibiotics. The ultrasound and complete blood count were checked. Kindly tell me what has to be done. Please give your suggesti...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your symptom details and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your reports show enlarged parotid gland with a cyst in the gland. This is due to parotitis. Usually, this kind of swelling will reduce in size with medication only. You ne...  Read Full »

Despite taking medicines for my 15-month-old son, the fever has recurred now. Should he be treated with antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 15 months old. Three days back, he had a fever of 102 degrees with wheezing and coughing. Now we are using P250 syrup, ATM, and Ascoril DS along with two times nebulization a day. Yesterday he was good, but again fever has recurred today. Should I start giving Meftal P or Clamp...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhaisara Baraturam Bhagrati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. 1. You can give Meftal P (Mefenamic Acid) if there is a high-grade fever (more than 100 degree Fahrenheit). 2. It is always better to know the cause of the fever. There is no need for antibiotics for viral fever. 3. Since the child had ...  Read Full »

I have a constant sensation of a lump or blockage in the throat and occasional headaches. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. I was previously diagnosed with acid reflux, and I took the medicine Lansoprazole. Now I have a constant sensation of a lump or blockage in the throat and occasional on and off headaches. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing and I understand your concern. Such symptoms can be due to bacterial infections such as streptococcus, so antibiotic treatment is required. Most probably, it can be tonsillitis. Please tell me: 1. Do you have redness at th...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing a foul smell from my vagina after periods. What can I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing a foul smell from my vagina immediately after periods, and it lasts for around three days. The smell becomes so bad that someone can easily sense it. When I have sex, the smell becomes worse. Is the odor normal or natural? What can I do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail, and I will help you. The most common reason for foul odor from the vagina is a genital infection. You will need two tests. One is urine routine microscopy, and the other test is urine culture. These tests will help us detect the t...  Read Full »

Does diverticulitis increase the risk of colon cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having lower left pelvic pain, so I got a CT scan of the abdomen done. I was diagnosed with mild diverticulitis and diverticulosis. The doctor gave me Flagyl and Cipro. Is it serious? Can this lead to colon cancer? I am very scared. How can you tell that it is diverticuliti...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry, diverticulum is a common condition, and most patients remain asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. The risk associated with this condition are diverticulitis, which is an infection of the diverticulum pouch, and risk of bleeding. Approximately 75 to 80 pe...  Read Full »

What causes testicular pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old. I have mild pain in right testicle for a week. The nerves connecting to the right testicle are always in strain mainly in the area of epididymis and vas deference. It pains when I walk, jump, rub or masturbate. I get random swelling, irritation and pain in my right test...  Read Full »

Dr. Saurabh Subhash Pandya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your symptoms, I believe you are having one of the following: Chronic inflammation of prostate (prostatitis) with pain being referred to testis. Pelvic pain syndrome with primary involvement of testis. Very rarely ureteric stones for repeated testicular tors...  Read Full »

I have bronchitis, and recently diagnosed with emphysema. Can I continue with antibiotics?

Query: Hello doctor, A year ago, I was diagnosed with Emphysema, and before four years, I was diagnosed with bronchitis, but after six months, I had a warm feeling in my stomach, followed by nausea. I need to know if I should be going back to the ER or continue to take my antibiotics and not stress over it...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, you need not go to the ER. The burning sensation in the stomach and nausea you are having is not related to your emphysema and bronchitis. It is actually due to the antibiotics and other medicines you are taking because antibiotics cause secretion of an excessive...  Read Full »

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