I would not do a systemic antibiotic for a topical infection.
I'm awed that folks believe that whatever broad spectrum antibiotic was prescribed is perceived to be the "correct" medication and panacea. We are unable to be all knowing, including MDs. And the belief that physicians are all knowing, is dangerous, imo.
Assuming wound has bacteria A, and if antibiotic for bacteria B is prescribed, wound is no better or worse for having not taken the antibiotic. Only if antibiotic B was indicated
, is is useful. I would want a more complete diagnosis before taking an antibiotic which could be *unnecessary* and *harmful*.
I'd apply coconut oil and/or lavender essential oil, which both help kill staph, even MRSA.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1...ubmed_RVDocSumhttp://www.westonaprice.org/knowyour...microbial.htmlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrezhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16048923
Epsom salt soaks will help with healing also.
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. There is no "rule" or "obligation" to continue an UNNECESSARY antibiotic "once started". That just *further* sensitizes bacteria to the antibiotic, INCREASING the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria in your child, or in your own gut.
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 no documented infection. I would not continue the antibiotic blindly due to some perceived "obligation".
The healthy body can recover from bacterial and viral illnesses, without antibiotics.
Unnecessary antibiotics ARE dangerous! Antibiotics damage the integrity of the microbial balance in the gut.
The healthy gut microflora is 70-80% of the immune system. Impaired immune systems are less effective at healing the body.
Do not continue them blindly.
Please see the links about developing antibiotic resistance in post #141. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...&postcount=141
Only way I'd consider antibiotics is for an infection with a culture and sensitivity. C&S do take time. Unfortunately, there ARE antibiotic-resistant bacteria, precisely BECAUSE of over-prescribing of unnecessary broad-spectrum antibiotics, by MDs.
I would not treat with antibiotics as the first alternative, BECAUSE
I don't want to be feeding antibiotics to bacteria unnecessarily and CAUSING
the bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant, in my child or myself.
I'm not "against" antibiotics. I am an advocate of optimizing our immune system, preferably with natural microbial balance in the gut, nutrient dense whole foods (especially cultured and fermented probiotics), and natural exposure to common diseases, and avoidance of unnecessary chemicals including pharmaceuticals for those common illnesses. I believe we can avoid and treat most diseases with nutrition and holistic health practices. Unfortunately, most people are not informed and healthy enough to choose a non-mainstream alternative. There is a cascade of side-effects
of our mainstream health choices, ime.I do NOT AGREE that "once one starts antibiotics, that one must finish antibiotic" IN THE EVENT of them being *unnecessary in the first place*
, like with an ear infection in a child over age 2, or after antibiotic-induced diarrhea has started, or for topical infections which could be addressed with holistic practices.