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Safe Antibiotics for Diabetics

Posted on November 26, 2012 | No Comments on Safe Antibiotics for Diabetics

Generally, antibiotics are safe for people with diabetes. It is nevertheless important for people the purpose of antibiotics. Antibiotics are drugs that are primarily used for the treatment of bacterial infections. Bacterial infections are usually manifested through fever. It must be noted though that there are other different possible causes of fever. The occurrence of fever however, is the normal body reaction when bacteria invade the body. Fever is generally detected with the increase of body temperature. Similar symptoms is manifested in case of flu which is on the other hand is caused by the influenza virus. Viral infections however are often self-limiting, which means that a person gets better without need for medications. In which case, taking antibiotics for viral infections such as flu would be useless and ineffective.

Apart from fever , bacterial infections can also be acquired from wounds in the hands, feet, and legs, among others. Diabetic patients are vulnerable to bacterial infection in wounds because unlike normal persons, diabetic patients have difficulty in self healing particularly in clotting their blood. Thus, their wounds usually remain fresh for a longer time making it prone to bacterial infection. In which case, the use of antibiotics should be administered as prescribed because if not, there is a possibility that the bacteria that infected a person becomes immune to the antibiotics.

Diabetics can definitely take antibiotics if bacterial infection is clearly established by the physician. Some diabetic patients would claim that their intake of antibiotics cause their blood sugar levels to increase. The truth is, it is the bacterial infection that causes blood sugars to rise. Hence controlling the infection through antibiotics will help regular blood sugars.

While diabetics can generally take antibiotics to fight off bacterial infection, there are instances when antibiotic resistance occurs. This happens when antibiotic treatment is unable to respond to the bacteria. When this happens, it would be better for the patient to immediately consult a doctor for an alternative treatment, like antibiotic that is administered through the IV.

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