Antibiotics and Abscesses
- 01-10-2005, 12:55 AM
- 01-10-2005, 12:58 AM
Originally Posted by Cuffs
Cephalexin (aka Kephlex)
Check your PM's...
01-10-2005, 03:17 AM
01-10-2005, 03:20 AM
Did you ever have to use it? Were the results good? And, what is the "triggering" sign to start taking the antibiotics??Originally Posted by size
(sorry about all of the questions but, I'm the worry-wart type )
EDIT: And yes, I know the "lump" should be the triggering sign, lol, but when and how can you differentiate between a knot and an abcess that is forming.
Last edited by size; 03-14-2005 at 08:42 PM.
01-10-2005, 03:23 AM
talked to a few med guys about this, and checking your body temp is a good way to find out. if you get above 101 degrees, you most likely have an infection. anything below that and your body is naturally fighting it off.Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
also, an infection will be warm to the touch and continue to grow larger.
01-10-2005, 03:35 AM
I never had to use anything. Fever, as mentioned, is a bad sign.Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
Typically, if pain and swelling progresses, then this is a signal of a problem. Abcesses require time to develop, so being sore after an injection should not cause panic. If conditions worsen, then concern should rise. If it gets to a point were red lines are developing around the injection site, then go to the hospital.
Just to note, injections can cause pain, swelling, and redness. This can develop rather quickly. Simply monitored the situation for any changes (+/-).
01-10-2005, 03:51 AM
Well, what if the knot has grown to about 6x5 inches, and is slightly warm, and painful, say three days after an inject. Besides the red lines and puss forming, at what point would it be a good time to go to the doc.
01-10-2005, 04:04 AM
01-10-2005, 04:16 AM
01-10-2005, 04:15 PM
When I stuck dirty needle (1.5x16") into myself (by accident) I went to doctor right away and he prescribed me Penn G (pills). So I guess it will be your best bet. Good luck.
01-16-2005, 02:14 PM
If your not allergic to penicillins, Pen G procain injection is good stuff! Cheap, once a day or EOD shot, convenient and effective. Many times, 2 or 3 fat shots is all it takes to knock out an infection. Pen G and Amoxil are good too at 250-500mg x4/d for an oral pen alternative. The cephs are good for soft tissue infections but you have to take them 4 to 6 times a day to really keep blood levels constant. That's very important. That's why I like the shot as I mentioned previously, it's convenient and blood levels stay consistent. Cephs work fast in emergencies. Doxy is good too. Great for clearing up andro acne also, and can be taken at 200mg once a day (or 100mg/12hr) so convenient too. It's not as fast acting as some of the others but very broad spectrum and fairly non-toxic for long term use, also cost effecient. A single 300-400mg dose of doxy can be taken 24hr in advance of an infectious exposure as a good prophylactic to prevent illness, if you can predict high risk possible exposure in your future.
01-18-2005, 10:53 AM
I was prescribed Augmentin for a pin infection.
What about some of the vet. supply brands of anti-biotics?They seem to have it all, and was wondering if it was up to standards.
01-18-2005, 02:16 PM
01-19-2005, 12:57 AM
Thanks for the info DR. D. Invaluable to say the least. The sticky idea would be a great resource. Now all we need is for someone to come out with antibiotic RC's.
01-19-2005, 08:01 AM
About vet anti-B's, they have helped my fish, dogs, and swine come back to life many times! Quality is still excessively high when compared to the USP requirements for sterility and potency of human meds, often identical on most tests. So I don't know if we'll ever see it as an RC commodity, if not, I've never had any probs with common vet brands.
Last edited by size; 03-14-2005 at 08:44 PM.
01-19-2005, 10:24 AM
It would be great to have a sticky with not only antibiotic info but the types of infections with pics, and good standard practices to prevent infection.Originally Posted by DR.D
01-20-2005, 12:27 AM
01-20-2005, 12:59 AM
OK, that sounds good. You can round up some photos, because thinking twice is a good thing! Even if they still elect to inject, I bet those second thoughts improve their septic habits and make them keep some anti-B's on hand, just in case.Originally Posted by size
01-20-2005, 01:41 AM
01-20-2005, 02:02 AM
I believe that far left image is Greg Valentino's blown out bicep (too much synthol I suppose.)
Now, honestly...wouldn't you have to be a complete moron to let your abcess get as bad as those images above?
01-20-2005, 02:13 AM
Yes it is Valentino.Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
When many people have bad injections, they wait and hope that it will get better. So if you follow this protocol of wait and hope, the abscess has more time to develop.
01-20-2005, 02:33 AM
Ahh...they'd must've waited for a couple of weeks, huh? Those are pretty bad.
I've got some amox on hand, but I'm definately going to get some ceph, and maybe some peni-g...those pics are too much!
01-20-2005, 04:15 AM
Not a couple of weeks, probably a couple of days(5-7). If the infection is allowed to linger, then more serious health issues are likely.Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
If it gets really bad, you could to use maggots to remove the necrotic tissue.
01-20-2005, 04:26 AM
02-12-2005, 03:18 AM
Size or Dr. D what would be the dosing schedule with this?Originally Posted by size
Last edited by size; 03-14-2005 at 08:46 PM.
02-12-2005, 03:31 AM
I am not a physician so this is just general information.
I believe cephalexin comes in 250mg and 500mg capsules. If infection was my concern, I would take a minimum 1000-1500mg spread over the course of a day.
Consult with your doctor.
02-12-2005, 03:34 AM
02-12-2005, 03:40 AM
No. You would need to continue to take it until the infection cleared. The intial dosages should be higher than what I mentioned above but as time went on I would reduce to those levels.Originally Posted by LCSULLA
Someone else will know more about this, I am certain.
02-12-2005, 05:26 AM
Size is correct about the ceph. If you take every 4hr as you should, then 250mg is usually good and yields 1.5g/d, but if you do it sloppy only every 6hr, then take 500mg to give a total of 2g/d. Plus, always take a double with your initial dose. An anti-B course is generally 1 or 2 weeks or even months sometimes. 10days is usually effective in my experience for most apps. Don't stop prematurely. Keep going for a few days even after you think your better.Originally Posted by size
I promise I'll get something together very soon as far as a sticky goes. Thanx for the patience guys.
02-12-2005, 05:09 PM
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