Is it bad to always take antibiotics?

Hi Doc,
Is it bad to always take antibiotics? This year I have taken 3 courses of Augmentin. Ever since I did my radiotherapy 4 years ago on my nose, I seem to catch bacteria flu quite easily. It will start with lots and lots of greenish mucus coming out from my nostril and then I will get a very cough soon enough. It is the same every time.I always needed Augmentin to recover fully. But after 3 months or so I will get the same thing over again . . I am worried that Augmentin will not be able to work one day as the bacteria may become more resistant. I am currently down with the same thing but have not gone to see a doctor yet.. I am 100% positive that it is another bacteria attack, Should I go for another course of Augmentin? I have taken so many courses and I am getting worried. I am thinking of doing a yearly flu jab once I recover. Will the flu jab protects me from further attacks

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When I lie down I feel anxiety and chills?

When I lie down I feel anxiety, chills come and go every several seconds, light headed, hot and sweaty, flushed face. These symptoms occurred for the first time a couple of mornings ago and then not again until now.

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I had E. coli infection now have blood clots, what’s going on?

I am a 23 year old female i am 5’6″ I weigh 173 lbs my medications I am on consist of 30mg ER Cymbalta,Mitalax,Lactulose,Senkonot,and stool softeners. It started out 4 years ago when I had my daughter Via C-Section and got a E.coli blood infection with 6 blood transfusions, i am very Anemic always have been, 9 months after my infection they found a herniated disc in my L4-L5 region I had surgery to decrease the bulge to only return 4 months later after about a year of physical therapy Gabapentin, and no relief they did another MRI to find the disc bulging again so second surgery still maybe a month relief then i got on a pain management program that prescribed Morphine 30mg ER every 12hrs and 15 IR 1/2 tab every 8 hrs about two years into the program i couldn’t handle the pain meds and still had no relief and sever constipation, so I’ve been off for two or so years. I got the IUD in my arm and experienced frequent UTI and yeast infections and hormone imbalance was always 140lbs-145lbs so they took the IUD and referred me to a thyroid specialist and they tested my thyroid levels and said nothing was wrong with no explanation of the discharge and infections was told I have to live worth it my results as of 1/30/17 TSH 0.37 T3,TOTAL RSLT 140.6 and T4 TOTAL RSLT 7.3. I was put on the Nuvarin but stopped due to massive discharge,fatigue, severe constipation, and discomfort about a month ago i started yo gain weight now I’m ip to almost 40lbs at 172lbs.. I was referred to a gastroenterologist for a possible colonoscopy after being hospitalized for blood clots in my stool but I couldn’t flush my system with anything help me what’s going on?

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I am a nurse and suffered a lancet cut after lancet used on HIV patient.

got lancet prick on my finger and it was deep enough for me to bleed.lancet was used on hiv patient and one minute after it was used on him,i got pricked.what are the chances of getting HIV infection if i don’t take PEP .I’m a nurse and I talked with my superior.She said chances are lower than hollow needle prick injuries.PEP or not PEP is on my decision.

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My granddaughter has an awful sore, doctor doesn’t know what it was?

My granddaughter came over for the weekend with this awful sore on her side. Her parents said they took her to the doctor and were told that they didn’t know what it was to put antibiotic cream on it. You should be able to see the small red dot next to the big sore. That red dot is starting to look like the other one. Any ideas on what it could be?
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I have been diagnosed with, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), doctor prescribed Clindamycin and Co-Amoxiclav?

I have been diagnosed with, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), doctor prescribed Clindamycin and Co-Amoxiclav. I have been suffering from diarrhea. I believe Clindamycin is causing the diarrhea, can I just cease taking Clindamycin?

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Suffering of high-grade fever 39.5°C most of time for 5 weeks, all tests normal, blind treatment of bacterial infection ineffective?

Suffering of high grade fever 39.5°C most of time for 5weeks

Suffering of high grade fever >39.5°C most of time for > 5weeks
She has no any signs or symptoms of infection or inflammation anywhere in her body , and all possible investigations done and all results within normal levels including : CBC, ESR, CRP, U/E/CR, LFT, TFT, BLOOD FILMS, LP, BLOOD CULTURES, URINE R/E, VIRAL SCREEN, EB VIRUS WIDAL TEST, Weil–Felix test , Brucella test, ABDOMINAL U/S, HIP JOINTS U/S, THYROID U/S, CHEST X-RAY, HIP JOINTS X-RAY, LUMBER VERTBERE MRI ( and some tests repeated many times )
She also received multiple antibiotic course as blind treatment including ( septren, cloxacillin, claforan, meronem, clarithromycin, procaine penicillin, ospen …… )
Clinically : except of her body temperature 39 -41°C despite paracetamol ( iv, orally and suppositories ) and ibuprofen syrups, she is stable , no complaint , no rash , no any significant symptom .
Note : 6 month ago she starred to gain weight and get obese , now her body weight = 30kg.
Female



My son has been sick for about 3 days now?

So my son has been sick for about 3 days now, here are his symptoms
Fever (High of 100.5)
Super sore throat, can barely swallow.
Lumps on the back of the throat, pinkish red
Swollen tonsils, not swollen all the way. just a bit.
Hurts to swallow.
Painful headache, the worst I’ve ever seen. He normally sleeps on his side, but he couldn’t, it was too painful, even after he took a pain reliever, couldn’t even look at our computer, it made it worse, now he still has the headache.
No appetite.
Thick mucas
Bit of a cough
Bit of a stuffy nose.
Age:12

Male



After staph infection, I have been getting pressure and sharp or dull throbbing pain in my upper left leg?

I have pain and pressure in upper left leg

I am a 30 yr old nonsmoking female who is a couple of pounds underweight but not malnourished. I don’t take any prescriptions or drugs and only drink about once a month. About two years ago, I had what doctors thought was a staph infection due to an ingrown hair in my groin area (it was never tested for staph, but he told me I had one and gave me antibiotics, which I took as prescribed). Ever since the staph infection, I have been getting pressure and sharp or dull throbbing pain in my upper left leg. The pressure/pain is on the very top and the inside of my leg. Before the last two weeks or so, the pressure and pain would only occur for a couple of minutes in very sporadic intervals. Sometimes I would go several days without any pain or pressure. However, in the last two weeks or so, the pressure and pain has been in my leg more often than not, so I am a bit concerned. When I press on the area, it doesn’t hurt, but is a bit tender. There’s no redness, sores, or puffiness there or anywhere on my body, and it doesn’t appear that I have another ingrown hair. When I walk, the pain lessens or is the same. When I sit, the pain/pressure usually gets a little worse. Also during the last couple of weeks or so, there have been sharp pains in my left armpit. The pain only happens approximately once a day for a few seconds. I can feel small nodules in my groin, neck, and armpit they don’t hurt. I’m not sure how new the nodules are. A few years ago or so, a doctor told me I had permanently swollen lymph nodes, and he thought it was because of a tonsillectomy that I had as a little girl.



My 50 year brother did a chest X-ray here are results, what do we do next?

My 50 year brother did a chest X-ray that came back with the following result: Moderately Enlarged Cardiac Size with CTR =0.57. Unfolded Aortic Arch. Increased Hilar Bronchia Markings. No Obvious Bone Fracture Or Dislocation. No obvious Effusion. Impression: Cardiomypathy (HHD) with Associated Chest Infection. Please what does this mean and what do we do next. Thanks s lot for caring and for your anticipated answer.



Ive been experiencing constant burn sensation on my mouth. It affects my tongue,lips?

Female 58yrs.for the last 3months Ive been experiencing constant burn sensation on my mouth. It affects my tongue,lips. Only stop when I sleep. I have bed prescribed an anti fungal. Anti viral. Liryca. Nothing seams to work. I also tried increasing vitamin b. Now I will try alpha lipoid acid. Waiting to see a mouth specialist. Also when I get up I have an oily waxy film in my mouth. It goes away with a Sinutab. I am on blood pressure pills. Been on it for yrs. I take a imovane to help me sleep i been on it for years. No new meds lately. Please help it really affects my daily life. My mood and my taste buds.



I wish to get pregnant but I am in contact with a person with Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection?

Hi. I am a 38 female school teacher who has a 6 year old boy in my class with diagnosed Cytomegalovirus (CMV) virus. I wish to get pregnant in the very near future but am afraid to do so while this child is in my care as I have heard that it can lead to severe disabilities in the unborn child. Can you please tell me what you recommend I do as a doctor? Should I avoid trying to get pregnant as long as this child is in my care?



I have severe neurological symptoms like permanent exhaustion, worsening memory, lack of concentration, anxiety and depression?

I’m 20 and have levels of estradiol and progesterone below the level of detection while levels of FSH, prolactin, thyroid hormones and haematology are normal. I also have severe neurological symptoms like permanent exhaustion, worsening memory, lack of concentration, anxiety and depression. It also involves increased heart rate (but low blood pressure), hot and cold flashes, hair loss and lack of menstruation (for 6 months). I don’t know what to do and where to start because I haven’t received any sensible diagnosis yet and seeing a specialist requires queuing – at the moment i cannot function normally and I would be really grateful for any suggestions, even guesses.



I have extreme inner ear pain, no solution from my doctors, need help?

I am a 54 year old female and a month ago I had sore throat trouble swallowing went to gp was given nose spray for what the dr said was sinus drainage. Then I had ear ache and pain down neck and across shoulders and went to urgent care and was put on antibiotics and ear drops for ear infection. I then saw an ent cause still having the same symptoms . They put me on stronger ear drops for ear infection. Still having pain I went back to ent they said my neck was stiff and from my tmj was told to put heat on it. I did and week later went back and told dr I was still in pain and trouble swallowing so finally they took scope up nose and down throat and found nothing wrong. Sent me home. Then I called them again saying it is not better so I went back they ordered a scan of my neck. The next day they called and said it came back with nothing wrong and said I was ok . The pain continued and I started getting lightheaded went back to the gp and got put on steroids. A week later my ears were so stuffed and painful with loud buzzing and can hear my eyes blink. I went to urgent care they put me on stronger steroids and said they had no idea why the other symptoms were happening but that my ear was inflamed. A week later I started to have night sweats and still pain in neck shoulders down arms and felt week loud buzzing in ears and can hear my eyes blink and lightheaded . I went to er the dr did a test on urine and test my blood all came back fine. He told me it might be a inner ear infection that no one can see and said I might need mri and told me to go to gp. I was hoping they would do it. As I am writing this I am having extreme pain in ears down neck across shoulders down arms feel lightheaded like I am going to vomit buzzing in ears and can hear eyes blink and I am sweating terrible. I feel horrible. No one seems willing to help me. Don’t know what to do. I want to scream. I am still taking the ear drops and steroids I have one day left. Nothing is helping. Please tell me what I should do. I am begging for help.



I was prescribed Norfloxacin for an upper respiratory bacterial infection Was that a proper medication prescription?

Hi, I was prescribed Norfloxacin for an upper respiratory bacterial infection, after 2 days i got a sever sore throat?
1. Was that a proper medication prescription?
2. Is the sore throat an allergic reaction to the antibiotic? I also had mild diarrhea
Thanks