E Coli Antibiotic
What antibiotics are commonly used
to eliminate the "E-coli" bacterium?
Your question is not specific. Every person has E.
coli in their intestines because they are normal gut
flora. Only special kinds of E. coli cause disease,
the ones that are pathogenic, and of these the type
E. coli O157:H7 is most 'famous'. it is the kind that
was found in beef (hamburgers!). Pathogenic E. coli
most often cause diarrhea, and in rare cases this can
result in complications of which Hemolytic Uremic
Syndrom is the most feared. In that caase kidney
function fails and that can be fatal. However most
people suffer from diarrhea only, and do not need
treatment. It is not proven that antibiotics help
recover from diarrhea due to E. coli, and antibiotics
are not normally prescribed in the case of an E. coli
infection. Plenty of fluid intake to prevent
dehydration is the best medication. Your body can do
Certain E. coli can infect the urinary tract. In that
case antibiotics are prescribed.
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