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The trouble with antibiotics
- By: Susan Farrell, MD, Contributing Editor
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It’s an interesting topic. I have a recurrent sinusitis issue. Most doctors over the years have continued to push antibiotics on me. However, my new ENT recently put me on ezc pak. It’s done wonders for me and cut down my antibiotic need this summer. We’ll see how this winter season goes!
I was on Cipro/Flagyl for Diverticulitis. It nearly killed me. I was so sick, I ended up in the ER. I understand these drugs are the protocol for Diverticulitis, but the downside is terrible.
I used to get sinus infections twice a year, almost like clockwork, for years. For years, I took antibiotics for these infections.
When I finally got better insurance coverage, I found out (in my 30’s), that I have many environmental allergies.
Once I got the allergies under control with Flonase, the sinus infections ceased.
Occasionally I have to take an antibiotic, but it is very rare now. When I do, I make sure to take a quality probiotic, to keep up intestinal and vaginal flora. This eases colon problems and prevents yeast infection.
I hope this helps someone. Sinus infections are miserable and the antibiotics made me feel even worse. It’s a real blessing to have finally gotten quality care. I have not had a sinus infection in years now, and still use the generic Flonase daily.
May I know…What quality probiotic did you take ? Recently diagnosed with colitis. Thank you I do appreciate your reply.
If it weren’t for antibiotics, my recurring cellulitis with edema
would have caused osteomyilitis . Bad enough being hospitalized for 3 days with leg in traction. Now, I’m automatically tested for MRSA. Just got discharged again in 2015 with 2 antibiotics.
If you or a family member or friend have a known syndrome it would be important to have an immune system evaluation by a specialist , as quite a few people have inborn or acquired immune system problems where they need prophylactic antibiotics, especially if they have undiagnosed heart problems. Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect worldwide.
Recently , there has been an antibiotic ciprofloxacin which can give people acquired QT syndrome where their hearts electrical signal is disrupted or stops which can cause syncope or sudden death. An example of the cure being worse than the disease/infection.
Why would you ‘Have’ to ask your doctor ‘if’ he’s prescribing the proper medication? Unless it’s a matter of life or death, Never Take Antbiotics!
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