Do you take antibiotics precautions?

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Do you take antibiotics precautions?

bayosgirl bayosgirl
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?
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I take a probiotic
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I eat probiotic foods (e.g., yogurt)
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I use yogurt tampons
bayosgirl
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Something else?
Iron Man , sexfairy
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I've never had to take antibiotics (lucky you!)
I haven't used any precautions, but I will now
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Iron Man Iron Man
I recently went on the same stuff! Unfortunately, I got one wicked external yeast infection as well as some intestinal problems. It took about a week and a half to sort out both. ):

I generally don't use precautions because I generally don't need to but I think I'll be doing that if I have to take the same meds again.
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Iron Man
I recently went on the same stuff! Unfortunately, I got one wicked external yeast infection as well as some intestinal problems. It took about a week and a half to sort out both. ):

I generally don't use precautions because I generally ...
Yikes! How did you "sort them out"? Did it just get better naturally or did you have to take something?
08/15/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
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 ...
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.
08/15/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
I don't take antibiotics often. Even when they're prescribed to me I'll only take them if it's something serious. I'm not a fan of them plus many interact with my regular prescriptions. When I do take them I don't really do anything special. I'm not sure how effective yogurt and things like that really are. The things I've read on them seem to be split down the middle on it.
08/15/2012
Woman China Woman China
You do not have an "other" group.

I RARELY take anitbiotics. In the past five years, I've taken them twice. And that was only because I thought I was going to die from a chest infection, and the other was I thought I was going to loose my hand. But I must make sure that someone is with me to wake me up to make sure I eat something every few hours and swallow the next dose.

Any type of antibiotic knocks me out for days.

And then I suffer from yeast infections, and digestive issues.

I try to fight infections by eating beter, eating immune boosting foods and all that good stuff.

I hate taking medicine with a passion. Any medicine. I survived two herniated disc and a vaginal surgery at the same time with no pain management...
08/15/2012
amazon amazon
I'll generally taked probiotics during and for two weeks following a course of antibiotics
08/15/2012
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I have never gotten a yeast infection before. I do eat a little bit more yogurt when I am on antibiotics, though. My main concern with antibiotics is whether or not I am allergic to them, since I am allergic to a few.
08/15/2012
Ansley Ansley
Sorry, but I am not sticking a yogurt soaked anything up my vagina. There are dairy proteins and sugars in yogurt that do not belong in the vagina - damp, moist...dark and warm...just a recipe for a disaster, in my opinion.

You're supposed to eat the yogurt to help with these issues.
08/15/2012
sexfairy sexfairy
There are probiotic capsules especially made for vaginal flora (the name of the ones I take is: Probaclac vaginal), I use those but only after the use of antibiotics. Since they kill everything anyway while we use them, it is pointless to take probiotics at the same time, just a waste of time and money...
08/15/2012
Beck Beck
I've never had any kind of infection in my vagina. I'm lucky on that end of things.

The last time I took antibiotics was when I delivered my second child. Previous to that it was over 10 years. I don't take them because generally my body does it naturally, but I also don't get that sick.
08/15/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I don't take antibiotics, but I do take probiotics and eat plain yogurt.
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by sexfairy
There are probiotic capsules especially made for vaginal flora (the name of the ones I take is: Probaclac vaginal), I use those but only after the use of antibiotics. Since they kill everything anyway while we use them, it is pointless to take ...
If you take the probiotics at a different time of the day they will be absorbed somewhat...and the antibiotic doesn't kill everything.
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Sorry, but I am not sticking a yogurt soaked anything up my vagina. There are dairy proteins and sugars in yogurt that do not belong in the vagina - damp, moist...dark and warm...just a recipe for a disaster, in my opinion.

You're ...
It's always worked for me, especially when I eat too much sugar and get irritation down there. The yogurt tampon stops it immediately. I know it's not for everyone.
08/15/2012
amberf83 amberf83
I only take them when needed
08/15/2012
MissCandyland MissCandyland
I eat a lot of yogurt.
08/15/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
I either eat yogurt or take a probiotic.
08/15/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
I try to avoid antibiotics at all costs because of yeast infections. I eat yogurt, take probiotics, and pray, lol.
08/15/2012
Terri69 Terri69
I eat yogurt regularly
08/15/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
According to my homeopathy practitioner the yogurt on a tampon is the least effective method of preventing or treating an overgrowth. Taking the capsuls will help more because the lactobacillus are not used to the conditions present in a vagina and cannot form good colonies unless they are ingested. As I rarely get yeast problems I cannot answer but she has always been right about bacterial overgrowth so I trust her.

Kendra is on to something though...treating just about any overgrowth with the products she mentioned helped me to remain in the proper pH after my recent gynecological surgery in which they flushed water into my uterus and out my vagina. Douching of any sort usually causes me no end of problems!

Also for ladies who suffer from BV flare ups and are on oral birth control consider switching off that method to see if your problems stop...no one will tell you that this is a side effect but it most certainly is. Why don't they care? Because BV doesn't effect a man and causes no permanent damage to the structures of the vagina...just leaves you miserable, itching and stinking to high heaven. All of which can be medicated away...with all sorts of side effects including yeast flare up. Don't fall for the STD explanation!
08/15/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
I take a probiotic in enteric form when I have to take antibiotics.

Enteric probiotics are manufactured to not open until they get into the small intestine, where it will colonize and do the most good.

Probiotic foods usually gets destroyed by the acid in the stomach and upper GI tract. Plus, if you believe the "food causes yeast problems" theory, dairy is the worst thing you can put into your body when trying to avoid yeast.

I agree with Airen that probiotics (preferably enteric coated) between doses of antibiotic and for several days after the course of antibiotic is over.
08/15/2012
Kissy Kissy
Antibiotics are in A LOT of meat products.. just be aware of what you are buying!!!! We are developing immunity to it!
08/15/2012
TWE112 TWE112
I dont take precautions
08/15/2012
Ms. N Ms. N
I have a chronic illness that requires me to take antibiotics...some years as much as a dozen packs in a year's time (yeah, it is pretty serious, but I am currently in remission). In all my years of this...and it has been about ten now...I have never once had a yeast infection (knocks on wood). So I don't do any of that in the poll, though I have eaten yogurt a few times in my life. Don't care for it at all.
08/15/2012
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
I just got off a course of Amoxicillin actually. Probiotics and probiotic foods always seem to do the trick for me.
08/15/2012
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
I take a probiotic pill made specifically for women.
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Kissy
Antibiotics are in A LOT of meat products.. just be aware of what you are buying!!!! We are developing immunity to it!
You're preaching to the choir.... I buy mainly locally-raised meats from a farmer I know by name, and when I do buy from the grocery store I get antibiotic-free (chicken, mainly.)
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Ms. N
I have a chronic illness that requires me to take antibiotics...some years as much as a dozen packs in a year's time (yeah, it is pretty serious, but I am currently in remission). In all my years of this...and it has been about ten now...I have ...
Try blending it in a smoothie with fruit and honey.. can't hardly taste it.
08/15/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
I take a probiotic in enteric form when I have to take antibiotics.

Enteric probiotics are manufactured to not open until they get into the small intestine, where it will colonize and do the most good.

Probiotic foods usually gets ...
I've heard that too about probiotics in food getting destroyed by stomach acid. Sorry, but I don't believe it. When I was making kimchi and eating it daily, my skin really started clearing up. I'm convinced that my acne (which is pretty mild compared to some but still annoying) among other symptoms is related to gut dysbiosis. Since I've gotten lazy about making kimchi, the acne has returned somewhat, but I'm on a good probiotic and the acne is in check.
08/15/2012
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by Ansley
Sorry, but I am not sticking a yogurt soaked anything up my vagina. There are dairy proteins and sugars in yogurt that do not belong in the vagina - damp, moist...dark and warm...just a recipe for a disaster, in my opinion.

You're ...
I agree- no yogurt near this vagina!
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