Antibiotics

I have a PID and I take antibiotics on a regular basis and I’m worried about developing antibiotic resistance. What advice can you give?

Individuals colonized with or exposed to certain bacteria may develop antimicrobial resistance. This will  require a change in therapy so that the particular bacteria is eradicated. Where eradication is not possible, there may still be better suppression with an alternative agent and the resistant strain may die out allowing the original agent to be effective

I have a PID and I take antibiotics on a regular basis and I’m worried about developing antibiotic resistance. What advice can you give?2021-04-01T15:58:26+00:00

Is it helpful to take probiotics when you are taking antibiotics?

People who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics at the same time, a review of evidence has shown. Read more at http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190124-is-it-worth-taking-probiotics-after-antibiotics This may help people with primary antibody deficiency but make sure your probiotic products are from a reputable company with quality assurance as to the strains contained within them.

Is it helpful to take probiotics when you are taking antibiotics?2021-04-01T15:57:51+00:00

What are the pros and cons of taking prophylactic antibiotics versus taking ad hoc antibiotics i.e. when they are needed?

Your doctor will decide what is most appropriate on the medical history and frequency of infections. Treating each infection as they come, if they are frequent, by antibiotics allows inflammation in the tissues and may cause damage e.g. bronchiectasis or chronic sinus disease.  A few infections will always occur, but if this is less than

What are the pros and cons of taking prophylactic antibiotics versus taking ad hoc antibiotics i.e. when they are needed?2023-04-18T15:48:16+00:00

My daughter has been on antibiotics for the last year but is still having recurrent infections. Her Paediatrician is referring her to an Immunologist and has suggested either different antibiotics or immunoglobulin infusions. Which treatment course would be best for her?

Your daughter’s Paediatrician is right to refer her to an Immunologist. They will conduct more tests and look at her levels, they will then decide which treatment option is best.

My daughter has been on antibiotics for the last year but is still having recurrent infections. Her Paediatrician is referring her to an Immunologist and has suggested either different antibiotics or immunoglobulin infusions. Which treatment course would be best for her?2021-04-01T15:56:32+00:00

I started infusions about 6 months ago and have had my first infection over the weekend. Should I take the emergency antibiotics I have at home and then ring my immunology centre on Monday, or wait until Monday and get a doctors appointment?

Your clinic should give you advice about how to manage intercurrent infection.  If you are not sure that you are unwell enough to need to take antibiotics, they may not be needed and you could wait until Monday.  If it is a definite bacterial infection, then you should start antibiotics, following the guidance given to

I started infusions about 6 months ago and have had my first infection over the weekend. Should I take the emergency antibiotics I have at home and then ring my immunology centre on Monday, or wait until Monday and get a doctors appointment?2021-04-01T13:30:31+00:00

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