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Antibiotic-related thrush or just itchy?

I am on antibiotics for a UTI. My vulva feels itchy and uncomfortable, but it isn't swollen or red, and I have no discharge. Could this be thrush? Should I self-medicate with Canesten or wait until I can see my GP after the bank holiday weekend (Tuesday at the earliest, in reality later)? [more inside]
posted by fanlight on May 2, 2014 - 9 answers

What vaccines / meds do I really need to go to India?

I have an appointment with a clinic to get some vaccinations before a two-week trip to India. My initial chat with the nurse made me feel like she was maybe pushing the "better safe than sorry" angle a bit, so I'm looking for some other opinions and links to good resources for making these decisions on my own. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Mar 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Serious joint pain, no diagnosis

Does anyone have any experience with persistent, unexplained joint pain in multiple joints? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange on Nov 27, 2013 - 23 answers

Probiotics during/after antibiotics?

I'm on a course of antibiotics, so I'd like to begin re-colonizing myself with some helpful gut flora. Totally willing to get whatever from wherever; there are Whole Foods and various hippie stores (no slight intended) around where I can purchase food or pills, if I need something not available at a mainstream big box retailer or grocery store. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 28, 2013 - 16 answers

Dealing with UTI symptoms

I've been to two doctors including one urologist and I'm trying to figure what is going on. [more inside]
posted by antgly on Aug 1, 2013 - 9 answers

My digestive tract is FRACKED

YANMD: Looking for tips to maintan my health until my doctors figures out why my body has decided to stop digesting food. GROSS DETAILS WITHIN (but not many). [more inside]
posted by angrycat on Feb 26, 2013 - 26 answers

Can't see a doctor until Monday. Could this be a panic attack?

Having classic "panic attack" symptoms; don't know if it's a panic attack, or due to a reaction from medication I'm taking? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Feb 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Is it safe to use any antibiotics on only an occasional basis?

Is it safe to use any antibiotics on only an occasional basis? [more inside]
posted by denverco on Oct 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Is it possible this GP is wrong about a UTI?

Is my partner's GP missing something here? UTI vs. chlamydia details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

What a way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend

I had a bad allergic reaction to antibiotics on Saturday. Should I still be feeling crappy today? Uncomfortable details inside. [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Jun 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Better protection from the sun?

Is there a better sunscreen to use to protect my photosensitive skin while swimming? I am on medications that make me temporarily photosensitive. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Jan 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me to Help My Doctor Stop Me Coughing and Be Able to Sleep Again

Chronic cough filter: YANMD, and I am being treated by an ENT, but please, if you have any experience in annoying throat tickles that cause coughing to the point where you can't sleep, take a moment to read my long story and see if you can help me advise my ENT where to "look." [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Dec 26, 2011 - 8 answers

What does pre-medicating w/antibiotics before a dental visit do to your body?

I have to take 2000mg of Amoxicillin before I visit the dentist -- is that a large dose? Would it muck with the balance of good bacteria in my body? Just curious, thanks!
posted by 10ch on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

I rather like my ear and would prefer not to cut it off.

Sinus infection backed up into my poor ears. I need some relief while I wait on the med's to do their trick! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Should I see a doctor?

Antibiotics filter: A few months ago, I took Clindomycin for a tooth infection. One of the potential side effects is Clostridium difficil, a type of colitis. Now I am sick and worried that it might be connected to the Clindomycin. Should I be worried and go to the doctor? Gross symptoms inside. [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Aug 22, 2011 - 13 answers

I don't want BV *or* a Bitter Vag!

Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment: How long until the godawfully bitter taste from the antibiotics goes away? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2011 - 3 answers

You mean I have to take ALL the pills?

I was prescribed a shot (some broadspectrum antibiotic that hurt really bad) and pills: 500mg Keflex 4x/day for 10 days. This was to treat a pubic boil. My compliance has sucked to say the least. I try hard to remember but I'm not doing well with it. I've taken 11 pills out of 40. I should have taken 35 pills by now. Am I hurting myself? Should I continue taking them? I have a message into my doc to fess up to my slackitude.
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find antibiotic free fish

What kinds of fish cannot be farmed? What kinds of fish are antibiotic free? [more inside]
posted by manwoo on Jul 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Bad reaction to antibiotics. Make the itching stop...

I had an allergic reaction to amoxicillin. I am currently half way through a 10 day prednisone taper. The hives are gone, but I am still itchy. When will the itching stop? [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Apr 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Are my antibiotics necessary?

I had a tooth extracted last week and despite being on antibiotics for four days, it's infected, and the infection has spread, making it painful to swallow. The solution: a different antibiotic has been prescribed. I don't like antibiotics, so my question is: what would happen if I just didn't take the damn things, took the painkillers, braved it out and waited for my body to handle it alone? Would that just be stupid? I appreciate that it's probably hard to advise without specific details, but any comments welcome.
posted by Holly on Apr 16, 2011 - 28 answers

Bronchitis or else?

YANAD etcetc but I've had a nasty cough for 3 weeks. Finally I went to the doctor. After a 4 minute auscultation, he said I have bronchitis and he prescribed antibiotics. [more inside]
posted by uauage on Apr 13, 2011 - 33 answers

Unprescribed antibiotics

Should I go on antibiotics even if I'm not sick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Weird rash after taking antibiotics

This very localized rash appeared on my left side after taking some antibiotics. Then, two months later, it reappeared in the exact same location after taking a different antibiotic. What is it? [picture included] [more inside]
posted by fatty magoo on Feb 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What medications should I take with me to the South Pacific?

I'm going to the South Pacific to do research for six months (American Samoa, Fiji and Tokelau). I'm getting the standard vaccinations and will take a supply of my normal prescriptions. In addition, I plan to take a supply of broad spectrum antibiotics. What else should I ask my doctor for? What other medications should I take with me?
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Jan 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Buying research antibiotics in the UK

In the UK, what are the laws surounding the purchase of research-grade antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Dec 21, 2010 - 2 answers

Which antibiotics will kill bacteria but allow yeast to grow?

Is there a broad spectrum antibiotic that will kill / slow down most bacteria, but will not affect yeast at all? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Dec 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Resistance is (not) futile.

Can somebody give me the current lowdown on antibiotic resistance? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Dec 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Boozy biotics

Can I drink while taking Biaxin XL (clarithromycin) antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2010 - 5 answers

I don't want to be on the sinus infection roller coaster.

I don't want to end up on the sinus infection roller coaster. I'm curious about people's experiences with antibiotics. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 10, 2010 - 33 answers

I've got the peptic ulcer blues and I don't know the cure

What can I do to ease peptic ulcer pain? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Dec 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Will antibiotics stall my weight loss?

I'm currently on a low carbohydrate weight loss diet, I am in a mild state of ketosis. I have been losing weight at a moderate pace and doing well. I just started taking antibiotics (500 mg of amoxicillin 3 times daily for one week) in preparation for a root canal I'm having next tuesday. Multiple sources on the internet are telling me that taking antibiotics can stall weight loss. Is this true? I really don't understand how this would work. I really hope it's not!
posted by skjønn on Nov 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Pre-op antibiotics, yay or nay?

I'm getting all four of my impacted wisdom teeth out tomorrow. In a study done in 2007, one dose of pre-op antibiotics has been shown to lower infection rates by 50%, and might do more good than several days of antibiotics post-op. My oral surgeon's office apparently does not follow that practice. Is there any danger in me taking one of the doses of amoxicillin that has already been prescribed for this procedure the night before? [more inside]
posted by wending my way on Aug 19, 2010 - 16 answers

I Want to Donate Leftover Antibiotics

Is there a charity that accepts unexpired antibiotics that are still sealed in their little blister-packs? I have 16 Keflex pills left over from a misdiagnosis and would love to find an organization that donates meds to the needy.
posted by wisekaren on Aug 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Being paranoid about antibiotics.

Antibiotic advice: Doxycycline/Tetracyclines (teeth?) and how many to take? Also, any experiences with identifying a sore/tender bump? [more inside]
posted by mattkh on Aug 2, 2010 - 14 answers

The cat's antibiotics need a refill. Again. And again...

I'm looking to buy my cat's antibiotics online. As it's originally a human med, online people pharmacies might work. Googling gives tons of crap, obviously. [more inside]
posted by cgg on Jul 12, 2010 - 9 answers

How much longer do I have to swallow knives before I can go back to the doctor?

Dear Chronic Strep Throat sufferers, how long should I wait for a strep throat infection to start clearing up before going to the doctor again? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Jun 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Can antibiotics cause depression?

Is it possible tetracycline is responsible for these shaky crying jags? Just started both - coincidence? [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot on May 10, 2010 - 3 answers

A reoccuring pain in the....

Pneumonia is bad enough, how can I best deal with the series of many shots in the ahem...rear? (YANMD) [more inside]
posted by hasna on Apr 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Why do antibiotics make it hurt worse in my teeth area?

Why does my tooth pain get so much worse after each antibiotic dose? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Mar 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Heat resistant bacteria?

Will heat treating food lead to heat-resistant bacteria? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jan 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Can a person be resistant to antibiotics?

Can a person be resistant to antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Dec 27, 2009 - 15 answers

How worried should I be about my symptoms?

Should I be worried about this? I went to the doctor this morning to get checked out for cold/flu symptoms; I didn't think it was serious -- I just wanted to check that I didn't have H1N1, but the doctor told me that the treatment I'd been getting for prostatitis was "highly unusual for someone in their 20s", and he said I should immediately stop taking the antibiotic I'm on (Septra/Bactrim) because I might be having an allergic reaction to it, or possibly an autoimmune reaction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Recommend an excellent, comprehensive book on the history of antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Aug 21, 2009 - 6 answers

C. difficile help.

Questions about C. difficile (and dealing with illness). [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Aug 8, 2009 - 11 answers

You can tell which doctor I would prefer to believe.

Which doctor should I believe? [more inside]
posted by sarahj on Jul 16, 2009 - 8 answers

How do antibiotics work?

Woke up Tuesday morning with a killer sore throat, swollen lymph nodes making it painful to swallow and a low-grade fever. A doc visit this afternoon confirmed I've got some sorta creeping crud and I was given a prescription of antibiotics, (Amoxicillin tablets 875mg). Can someone describe in detail what exactly happens when I take the stuff, maybe in a timeline format? How does it wipe out the baddies exactly (i.e. what mechanisms does it use to kill off the bugs?) [more inside]
posted by captnkurt on May 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I take the antibiotics?

MediFilter: Should I take the antibiotics for my staph infection, even though it's getting better? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Apr 16, 2009 - 39 answers

Occasional deep coughing problem after chest infection

Why am I occasionally getting coughing/breathing problems still when swimming after a 2 week course of antibiotics for a chest infection 2 months ago? ( I am very fit). [more inside]
posted by lndl on Apr 8, 2009 - 24 answers

Help me fix my antibiotic-shredded stomach!

How do you fix a stomach blitzed by antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Ugh. Make it stop!

How do I heal my gut? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne on Mar 20, 2009 - 15 answers

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