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I have a few dead horses which I choose to beat. The MYTH and FEAR associated with discontinuing UNNECESSARY antibiotics, in the event of improperly prescribed (viral illness), or excessive diarrhea (antibiotic induced diarrhea-which could be dangerous C. difficile overgrowth), is one of them.
I fully support consulting or notifying the prescribing physician to discuss follow-up, if antibiotics are started and need to be discontinued.
However, it is NOT "harmless", and is potentially dangerous, to continue the same antibiotics with excessive diarrhea (for example), due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance risks. Greater than SIX diarrhea stools in a 24 hour period should be reported to the prescribing physician, and NOT continue the antibiotic blindly due to some perceived obligation.
"Pneumonia" is a subjective diagnosis, not one which is black or white, without more complete testing and clinical data, such as an actual Culture & Sensitivity of sputum for the properly indicated antibiotic prescription. Otherwise, broad-spectrum antibiotic dosing is *guessing*.
Question antibiotics. Do not continue them blindly.
Here is more information regarding avoiding drug-resistant bacteria: http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1046904/healing-gut...
Here is info from the FDA regarding "The Rise of Antibiotic Resistant Infections": http://www.rachel.org/files/document/The_Rise_of_Antiobiotic-Resist...
Other factors contributing towards resistance include incorrect diagnosis, unnecessary prescriptions, improper use of antibiotics by patients, the impregnation of household items and children's toys with low levels of antibiotics, and the administration of antibiotics by mouth in livestock for growth promotion."
Actually, yes, one round of antibiotics can damage the gut integrity and immune system. http://www.mothering.com/community/forum/thread/1066648/103-fever-i...
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