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As a general rule I try to use antibiotics only when absolutely needed. Recently I had my wisdom teeth removed and there was already infection in the gums so my oral surgeon prescribed Amoxicillin. The unfortunate thing about antibiotics as most of
As a general rule I try to use antibiotics only when absolutely needed. Recently I had my wisdom teeth removed and there was already infection in the gums so my oral surgeon prescribed Amoxicillin. The unfortunate thing about antibiotics as most of us know is that they kill all species of bacteria indiscriminately, not just the "bad guys." Ever since learning how important good bacteria are to our health, I've taken precautions when I do need to take antibiotics like taking a good quality probiotic (taken separately from my antibiotic dose) and using yogurt tampons to prevent a yeast infection (antibiotics use is one cause of yeast infection because when the good bacteria get wiped out, the yeast naturally present in the vagina can get out of control.) Soaking a tampon in plain yogurt and then inserting it and leaving it in overnight is a good way to put lactobacilli (the main bacterium in yogurt, also present in the vagina in large amounts) back where it belongs. I'm hoping that with these precautions I don't get any secondary infections. So, what about you? Do you take any precautions when taking antibiotics?
I am not prone to yeast infections, but I know all the precautions. Back in 08' I had an article published about the natural ways to prevent and get rid of a yeast infection. I do not use yogurt because a peroxide/tea tree oil blend is much more effective, as is the garlic clove method. Both give quicker results too. I have had a few yeast infections and did not want to use that horrible stuff from the store -- harmful! So I concocted my own. I added a mixture of sea salt, tea tree oil, etc. Worked instantly and it was gone in the AM. I've had to do it a few times.
Now, I try to NOT take antibiotics period because I also have digestive issues that will get crazy. So my dentist kept prescribing them to me from Nov of last year up until 2 months ago. Took them til' Feb and stopped. Aloe Vera (taken internally) will prevent yeast, candidiasis, etc. But I had already began to get flare ups! I went back to my trusty homegrown aloe and cleared things up in a week.
So probiotics are actually not your most effective option. Anytime you're about to have a big change like going on antibiotics, which some doctors are... we'll just say uneducated enough to care/know, they actually prescribe antibiotics for a blasted yeast infections when they are THE MOST COMMON cause for one! Ugh! There's hardly ever a need to visit a doctor over a yeast infection. Really.
So if it is necessary to be on a round of antibiotics -- because sometimes, it truly is necessary -- taking aloe vera (preferrably homegrown and prepared by your own self) a couple weeks before and all the time you're on the antibiotic will mostly prevent ANY infection. Not to mention I quit taking my antibiotics in FEB and went with my aloe only because aloe is a natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, etc. It will act as an antibiotic itself. I brush my teeth with it to prevent infection of my temporary fillings and the unfinished root canal I have. Yogurt is good and it would always be extra helpful to combine it with aloe, but it will not prevent and do the things aloe will.