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 long would I have to take antibiotics for P. acnes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, Four months before, I was diagnosed with P. acnes infection. It resulted from a shoulder stabilization 12 months earlier. I have had two surgeries for this. One to take the biopsies which diagnosed the infection and another to remove the sutures and clean out the shoulder joint. My surge...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your surgeon should have removed the anchors in your first surgery as they are possible contamination source. But, three months on antibiotics with no complete cure is too much time as most patients resolve in a few weeks. I suggest that you take another bone biopsy and c...  Read Full »

How to prevent the recurrence of typhoid fever?

Query: Hello doctor, I had typhoid fever two years back, and my TLC count also increased around 13000 per microliter. Last year I faced the same problem. I am living abroad, that is why I cannot do my treatment properly. This year also I feel the same. Now almost four days passed, and I feel feverish eve...  Read Full »

Dr. S D Sinha

Family Physician, Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Typhoid fever can become a chronic ailment and cause recurrences. However, it does not mean you are having typhoid fever again. Please let me know what treatment you received last time so that we could personalize treatment for you. You need to do certain tests: 1. W...  Read Full »

My mother has fever, lower stomach pain, vomiting and cold. Does she have UTI?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is having lower stomach pain, vomiting, fever, feeling cold, and not feeling hungry. She took Aciloc 150 and Mucaine gel in the afternoon. After that, she took Sompraz D 40 before having dinner. She took a rice meal at dinner and she vomited it. Then she was given Pantoprazole ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep V Nair

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your mother can have a urinary tract infection (UTI) and it needs to be evaluated. Lower abdominal pain, fever, and decreased appetite can be due to symptoms of UTI. Kindly do a urine routine and if it shows the presence of pus cells or bacteria, then she needs to take ...  Read Full »

I have a lesion that spreads from the arms to stomach and back. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, It started with a burning sensation on my neck and then I have noticed red dots in the inner side of my arms. Then it spread to my stomach and back. They itch sometimes. I have previous history of psoriasis on my knees, but this is different. I also had shingles when I was 7 years old.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your given history. Your case looks like a guttate psoriasis. This type of psoriasis occurs in individual who had plaque psoriasis and developed sudden appearance of an outbreak of red d...  Read Full »

I have headache and nausea due to infected cyst behind the ear. What is the treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old female with an average weight and a height of five feet. Recently, I was diagnosed with a cyst next to my ears. Sometimes, it gets swelled or infected and causes pain. Now I am on a waiting list to get removed. Today, I waked up with a headache, nausea, and swollen lym...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The signs of headache, nausea, swollen lymph nodes, and ear being swollen and sore indicates that the cyst has been infected. I suggest you start taking a course of antibiotics and pain killers as you are still on the waiting list to get operated. You can take tablet Au...  Read Full »

How to treat my mother's sigmoid colon ulcer?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother, who is 45 years old, has ulcers in the sigmoid colon for the last 15 years. The problem got reduced in the past two years, but, it started again now. She is having white sticky stools and pain in the left lower abdomen. She is also facing trouble with passing urine. She consult...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The white sticky bowel movements have many reasons, but on considering the medical history of your mother, it is most probably due to severe inflammation of the intestine. The antibiotics taken for the urinary tract infection could have caused an attack of her previously ...  Read Full »

What can cause sore throat with enlarged tonsils?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a mild sore throat for the past three to four days, and one of my tonsils is enlarged with white formations on it. I tested negative for strep throat today, and I am unsure if it is tonsillitis or tonsil cancer.  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are suffering an acute attack of tonsillitis. The congestion is seen. One of the tonsils is indeed slightly larger than the other. Once the infection resolves, both will probably b...  Read Full »

Will fluctuations in blood sugar occur due to intake of antibiotics for fever and cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I am willing to consult a diabetologist soon. I had a fasting blood sugar of 150 mg/dL in the morning today. Yesterday, it was 140 mg/dL. I did not take sugar-containing foods. I had a cough and fever and so I took antibiotics for three days.   Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The values of fasting blood sugar are above the limits of normal. I would like to know the symptoms. Kindly provide this information. Please mention whether you have a change in your weight recently, having any feeling of thirst, and having an...  Read Full »

What should I do for my chronic toothache?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a chronic toothache problem. I took an x-ray of that tooth. Is there anything wrong with this x-ray? I am currently on Citalopram 40 mg and Doxycycline.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the x-ray. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your left central incisor is showing internal resorption. I suggest you to please continue your medications for at least five days and then go for RCT (root canal treatment) for this tooth.  Read Full »

My father has blood along with urine. How to help him?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 74 years old. He met with a road accident about 3.5 years back and had suffered a brain injury. A craniotomy and cranioplasty were performed. Since then, he has been in a persistent vegetative state. He is completely paralyzed and continuously on nursing care. He is fed by...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Andrologist, General Surgeon, Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Relax and do not worry. The reason for bleeding might be due to a small injury while changing the suprapubic catheter. You can go to some local doctor or can call a doctor at your home and ask him to change the suprapubic catheter. I think antibiotics are not required at...  Read Full »

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