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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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 per...  Read Full »

Why do I have indigestion and pain in the left side of the abdomen?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 51 year old male, who has diabetes. For my diabetic problem, I am using Insulin Human Actrapid daily 10 units. Therefore, I am getting weak and getting fits. So far, I have had five fits. I got CT scan of the brain, and there was a small blood clot in the brain. I also have pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Pankaj Jawandhiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through all your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have a urinary infection, which is causing all your symptoms of vomiting and abdominal pain. The kidney are not removing toxins from your body and its accumulation is causing all sympt...  Read Full »

Will the antibiotics be effective for osteomyelitis if I do not complete the prescribed schedule?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with osteomyelitis about eight weeks ago. I went to the hospital every day for exactly six weeks to receive antibiotics called Rocephin. After six weeks of infusions, I could not go anymore as I had no transportation, not even money for the bus. So, I called the doctor ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I agree with your doctor. You have to complete the antibiotic schedule as prescribed.   Read Full »

Can the antibiotics I took before a month alter my sputum test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I have cough for about a week. It is a mild one with a bit sore throat. So, I did my sputum test in a laboratory and the following are the results I received today. Acid fast bacilli smear - acid fast bacilli not detected. In sputum culture and sensitivity, culture - negative, organism - ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. Your sputum stain says that you have lower respiratory tract infection. However, culture is negative which can occur due to antibiotic consumption prior to sputum collection. Treatment would be based on your symptoms. Please mention what s...  Read Full »

Why do I have soreness, swelling, and itching in my private part after having intercourse with my husband?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a nursing mother. I have been experiencing severe itching in my private part for five days. The itching started a few hours after having intercourse with my husband. Also, my private part is sore and swollen. I had a similar complaint about ten years ago. I have recently used m...  Read Full »

Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. The itching can be due to bacterial vaginosis that got aggravated after intercourse. You will need antibiotics, analgesics, antihistamines, douching of the vagina with an antiseptic solution, and vaginal pessary ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for mild pain and pressure in my right iliac region that subsides after urination?

Query: Hello doctor, When my bladder is full, I feel pressure and mild pain in my right iliac region. Also, I have a frequent urge to urinate, gas and farting, and constipation. The complaints have been present for more than a year. The pain gets reduced after urination and passing a stool. I have undergo...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your CT (computed tomography) scan and ultrasound reports are normal, so they rule out internal organ pathology. Do mention the size of the prostate gland...  Read Full »

I have developed rashes on my face and body. Am I infected with monkeypox?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with the monkeypox virus and have developed rashes on my face and body. I could have contacted the infection from my office. Presently, I am staying indoors and taking rest. Can you give me some tips to help manage the infection? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Monkeypox is a mild disease with smallpox-like symptoms. Therefore, it needs symptomatic and supportive care. The acute phase of the illness lasts for about two to three weeks. Currently, there is only one licensed treatment for monkeypox (capsule Tecovirimat 200 mg,...  Read Full »

Can chlamydia infection cause recurrent UTI?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been with the same partner for eight years now. During these eight years, I have had several UTIs, with some leading to severe kidney infections. Last week after almost two years of not having a UTI, I felt the horrible symptoms again. When going to the doctor, the UTI urine test c...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In UTI, initially, a broad-spectrum empirical antibiotic given and then according to urine culture report, a specific antibiotic prescribed. A certain antibiotic like Azithromycin if prescribed for UTI will be effective against chlamydia as well. For chlamydia, Azithrom...  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. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

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 »

What is the reason for a boil on my buttocks, that is painful and infected?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a boil on my buttocks for the last two days. Since yesterday, it has been draining pus and is painful. What do I need to do? Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. If there is a pus discharge, the only way to deal with it is to drain the pus out, clean and dress the wound, and start antibiotics. I suggest you to visit the nearest hospital and get it done at the earliest. Also...  Read Full »

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