Off topic question

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Off topic question
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Fri, 02-10-2012 - 10:16pm
How many times a year on average do you take antibiotics?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-19-2006
Fri, 02-10-2012 - 10:20pm
The last time I took antibiotics was about 8 years ago when I had some oral surgery so for me on average I use antibiotics zero times per year. I am just curious as to whether my antibiotic use/need is an outlier.
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Registered: 10-16-1999
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 4:46am

I have taken antibiotics maybe twice in the last 20 years? Not even sure of that, I know I did when I has oral surgery about 5 years ago, and I think I had antibiotics once when dd was a baby. I am not a huge believer in going to the doctor for everything, I tend to give my body time to heal itself after I have looked at my eating and sleeping habits when I'm not feeling well and fixed what needed to be fixed.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 7:00am

Maybe once every 5-10 years?

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 8:52am

Good question. I don't remember the last time I took them. I know I did when I had my surgery 19 years ago. And I'm sure I've taken them once or twice since then but honestly I don't remember when or for what. Fortunately I'm pretty healthy. I got a cold last week that lasted for a couple days; that was the first one I'd had in years. Now watch - I'll probably jinx myself and end up sick enough for antibiotics!

Pam
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 9:09am
This reply is meant to be for all, but I don't know how to do that. It seems like we are all onthe same wave length, but it seems like I know a lot of people that are on antibiotics several times a year. I wonder if the use of antibiotics weakens your immune system and then it becomes a vicious circle. You take antibiotics for something and then you get another and need antibiotics for that. I guess I am just really lucky so far that I don't seem to get sick enough to need them in the first place. Now I have probably jinxed myself.
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Registered: 03-27-2005
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 9:44am

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 10:58am

Antibiotics don't weaken your immune system, they strengthen the BUGs'--especially if the antibiotics are taken improperly.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 12:54pm

For an "acute" condition, I took them when I had oral surgeries in the past few years. Before that, I don't really recall. I remember getting them for a sinus infection several years ago. A couple of years ago I had the same symptoms and went to the doc for it; the regular doc was away and the doc covering for her told me to use a Neti pot for 2 weeks and if I STILL had the symptoms she would give them to me then. It cleared up within days so now the Neti is my go-to whenever my sinuses act up. Usually my doctors won't prescribe antibiotics for an illness until its confirmed to be bacterial.

However, I have taken a small daily dose of tetracycline for years to control Rosacea. I would go off of it for a while then resume when the symptoms returned. There has been a shortage/absence of tetracycline in the US for months and I cannot get it, so for now I'm living with the symptoms rather than try other antibiotics.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 3:40pm
Haven't taken antibiotics for over 20 years until these last few weeks. The antibiotics were/are for pre-op and post-op. I have just had two operations.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 02-11-2012 - 3:48pm
UV photo-therapy can be very effective for Rosacea and mild acne. If you haven't try it yet, I suggest you give it a try.

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