I had skin infection in my chin due to laser electric session, My doctor advised me to take Granudoxy for a week but it didn't really help. I still have redness in my chin. Then she prescribed Augmentin. How much time do i need to have a clear skin again?
Rasha; This is a very good antibiotic and in most people, it could take 5 to 10 days depending on the infection. This thing does happen but pretty rare you just have to be the lucky one. lol, not even funny but also Rasha. if this skin problem clears up. MAKE SURE YOU FINISH THE COMPLETE AMOUNT OF PILLS THE YOUR DOCTOR GAVE YOU TO MAKE SURE YOU KILL IT ALL AND IT DOES NOT COME BACK. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND. cHUCK1957
Chuck gave you great advice.
I want to add my 2 cents...
Have you had many "opportunities" to use antibiotics?
You need too relax and let nature take its course. Lol...
Antibiotics are different than meds like Benadryl. You take it and feel the effects within a 1/2 hour.
Antibiotics are different. Think of a war going on in your body. I'm not being dismissive but it's late and had to go with a simple analogy. :-)
Antibiotics won't seem to be effective for the first 3-4 days. Of course, it depends on the antibiotics and your immune system.
You will not feel better. What is happening is that the infection is still fighting the battle to survive and worsen. It's doing its job!
The antibiotics are initiated and then have to get the blood level up. Generally-speaking, 3-4 days the symptoms will seem to lessen unless it's not sensitive to that antibiotic. As you found out!
So back to the war...
The white cells are working to conquer the organism.
Your blood level will be at a therapeutic range and along with the white blood cells, will start kicking their butt.
The antibiotics actually ARE working as soon as you take them.
Understanding this explanation will help others to understand the rationale for the warnings and patient education.
- Don't worry that the drugs are not working. Take strep as an example with a horrible sore throat. The doctor will probably give you instructions besides the antibiotics. He will tell you to take an OTC fever/pain reliever, gargling with something to soothe your throat and something for the stuffiness if you have sinus congestion . He is trying to treat your symptoms while your blood levels are getting to the place where the war is turning in your favor.
- Take the drug exactly as ordered. It may say twice a day. It's not giving the antibiotic a chance if you take one at 7am and 5pm. It's got to be 12 hours apart. The infection will rise during the 7-5. Yes, it is twice a day but when the levels go down during the 5pm to 7am period it gives the infection time to rise.
Plan it around your breakfast and if it says before or after meals. So... You have breakfast at 9am and it says after eating. Take the dose at 9:30 and the next dose will be 9:30 pm after having a night time light snack. 1/2 hour either way is ok but do try and stay on time.
- Do NOT stop taking the pills because you feel totally well as Chuck instructed.
Back to the war...
Your white cells and the meds have worked really hard. The win is just around the corner but enemy is still there waiting to make a come back.
If the total # of pills is not taken completely because you are feeling great you are about to lose the fight. The infection is still present and WILL return!
- You should never have antibiotics in the med cabinet because it shows non-compliance with the previous infection.
PLUS you are about to do the worst thing for an infection. Starting antibiotics without having a doctor's prescription !
All antibiotics don't work on all infections. Some organisms are present in the lung but not in the kidney. Not only do you need to take the right antibiotic for the right kind of infection but you need a culture. Cultures are necessary before it gives the doctor very important info.
It takes 24 hours to grow the organism. The doctor will get a preliminary report telling him what organism is causing the illness. He may call you at that time to get the antibiotic started.
OR the culture may come back as clean meaning there is nothing to treat.
The second 24 hours is used to find out which antibiotic to choose. One may be responsive but another may be a better choice because it's more sensitive to that bug.
- Antibiotics do not treat viral infections.
Desperation may cause the person to take an unprescribed drug.
People will swear that it made them better. The fact is the body is getting better on its own!
Antibiotics do NOT treat viruses!
You may have read about these super bugs developing where antibiotics are not effective.
Unprescribed antibiotics is one of the reasons. Organisms also believe in survival of the fittest. Overprescribing antibiotics threatens their survival so they mutate into something not effective (or not as effective) to antibiotics.
Unprescribed antibiotic are bad for you. If someone is on them for a variety of problems, your body becomes sensitive to them and they don't work as well as they should.
- Another complication from getting your pills from the medine cabinet...
You have had these sore throats in the past and the pills worked well so you stopped taking them. It's what the doctor ordered for the latest sore throats so you feel comfortable taking the same pill.
Chances are you are right !
However, what if you are wrong?
You are getting sicker, fever is higher and now you have chest congestion.
You now have to go to the doctor and 'fess up!
You wasted valuable treatment days by waiting for the drug to work.
You have screwed up the culture that he may now need to get you better.
You have partially treated yourself and now the sensitivities will off. He won't be able to accurately choose the one that is most sensitive.
Now that I've given you more than you asked for... Lol you will be fine.
Carefully examine your chin at least daily. It may not be getting better but it should not be getting worse! Doctor asap if this happens.
I'm sure you know this stuff but perhaps there is someone who didn't.
Best wishes to you.
Btw... Does the doctor know about the cream you mentioned ?
Ok ... I'm officially tired and going to bed!
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