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What is your view on antibiotics and fevers?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 02, 2011 at 6:16 PM

With myself and my children, I have always stayed away from antibiotics and let fevers burn. I feel fevers are actually a mechanism the body uses to actually fight illness. Antibiotics hinder the body from fighting off illness on its own and destroys beneficial bacteria.

Do any of you share this sentiment? It seems to have served my family well so far as we rarely ever get sick.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on December 20, 2011
at 03:00 AM

The first anti-vaxer I have found on this forum! I was wondering if there were any around.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

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on September 27, 2011
at 05:49 PM

How do you use the garlic medicinally?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on September 04, 2011
at 05:34 PM

My mother in law prescribes that for everything! She is a nurse practitioner.

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:48 PM

That sucks. Why were you prescribed Levaquin for the flu, which is a viral infection? Or was it to treat pneumonia as a complication?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 03, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Garlic is great. I used it to control a bacterial ear infection in my daughter's ear and also as a poultice on my son's feet when he had whooping cough (despite having had a shot to prevent it). In the morning he had garlic breath and the cough was gone!

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on September 02, 2011
at 08:20 PM

We do much the same. If a fever is 102 or less, we let the body continue to mount its natural defenses. At 102, there's usually some Tylenol or Motrin given.

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8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Concur. This obsession everyone has with taking medications to reduce fevers is bass ackwards.

Most of them are due to viruses anyway, for which antibiotics are useless.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on September 02, 2011
at 11:56 PM

i would never hesitate to treat a bacterial infection with an antibiotic. both my parents had mitral valve replacement surgery due to damage incurred during a bout of rheumatic fever as infants. had the strep infection they had been treated with antibiotics they might both still be alive.

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on September 02, 2011
at 06:23 PM

If it is a low grade fever I try to get my daughter to ride it out and just sleep/rest. If it is 103?? or higher, I will treat her with a fever reducer such as Tylenol or Motrin.

I wouldn't ever give antibiotics for a fever. I have used them in the past for strep throat. Ear aches I try to give time to heal on their own and they always have. Luckily, she's a very healthy little girl (well, not so little any more, she's almost as tall as me) and we don't have these issues often.

6b72eeb3f0c98b487f712efcb5092c90

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on September 02, 2011
at 08:20 PM

We do much the same. If a fever is 102 or less, we let the body continue to mount its natural defenses. At 102, there's usually some Tylenol or Motrin given.

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A1c9e4724c205e107685daa658ea3c59

on September 02, 2011
at 07:16 PM

We use fresh garlic medicinally the first sign of any illness, which is a natural antibiotic that does not hurt good bacteria. I swear by it and my sons (10 and 13) have never had an ear infection. My entire family have not had an illness that lasted more than 24 hours. I have learned to continue a few days after symptoms disappear or they can come back.

Used to treat at the first sign of UTI, sore throat, ear ache, congestion and if anyone has an open wound injury.

We let fever run its course but monitor closely. I would take action if it got too high but with natural remedies as long as they worked quickly. We do not use any medications and have not had a need for them.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 03, 2011
at 04:15 PM

Garlic is great. I used it to control a bacterial ear infection in my daughter's ear and also as a poultice on my son's feet when he had whooping cough (despite having had a shot to prevent it). In the morning he had garlic breath and the cough was gone!

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

(1725)

on September 27, 2011
at 05:49 PM

How do you use the garlic medicinally?

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:04 PM

My entire life has sucked for the past three years thanks to taking an extra strong dose of Levaquin for the flu.

Not only is my liver shot, so I can even enjoy a bit of sake with my sashimi, but it messed up my stomach really bad.

I had no idea, at that time, that I should be taking probiotics with the antibiotic (or that I shouldn't have taken it at all). So now I have leaky gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth to deal with (equaling daily symptoms of unpleasantness..leading to severe depression..leading to all my money going to medical bills and trials of everything under the sun). (Note: I have made alot of progress, for the first time, recently).

What it boils down to -I would rather rot in hell then take an antibiotic every again. The only that would compel me is a UTI or something (but I would try everything else first). A fever for a few days would be a gift compared to all the potential problems caused by the antibiotics.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:48 PM

That sucks. Why were you prescribed Levaquin for the flu, which is a viral infection? Or was it to treat pneumonia as a complication?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on September 04, 2011
at 05:34 PM

My mother in law prescribes that for everything! She is a nurse practitioner.

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D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:03 PM

antibiotics should never be used to treat a fever, and even conventional wisdom doesn't prescribe ABX for fevers. Fever reducers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen are not abx.

in case of a severe infection resulting in a fever abx will help the infection and thus reduce the fever which resulted from the infection.

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Antibiotic misuse and overprescription/overuse is a huge problem and I wish the public in general was more educated about them so they would stop doing things like asking their doctor to prescribe antibiotics for viral illnesses, or for stuff like an ear infection that will go away by itself in a week. But they're still an extremely important treatment for many bacterial diseases (and for certain prophylactic applications) and I don't see why someone would have an issue taking them if there was a genuine need. Even if they do have unpleasant side effects sometimes. I have no issue taking tylenol or whatever either for a fever. I don't enjoy feeling miserable.

This question is confusing though. Most of the time when people talk about giving medication for a fever, they're not referring to antibiotics, they're referring to antipyretics like Ibuprofen. I mean, you need a prescription for antibiotics and a responsible doctor won't prescribe a course of them just like that.

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D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

on September 02, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I've recently gotten into healing oils. My 3 years old started running a 102 fever last week and I used eucalyptus oil (good for fevers, flu, sinus and throat infections). 2 drops of oil + a little coconut oil and rubbed it on her chest and back. I let her ride out the fever and it went away the next day. I refuse to use any "medication" anymore except in extreme, life or death situations. I highly recommend everyone look into homeopathy and natural healing. I mean we all on here agree in the power of good nutrition and it's "healing" so why not take it a step further and look into other natural methods to heal your body and make it stronger :)

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 14, 2013
at 07:15 AM

When it's a low grade fever (under 102) my feeling is the WORST thing you can do is take something to suppress it. That's your body doing its job to burn the bug out and you should not interfere. That's a good immune response.

Above 102, fevers can be very painful to me. I'll try comfort measures first like plenty of fluid, a bath r shower with the temp of the water set just 1 or 2 degrees below my fever temperature, warm socks and a heating pad for chills. Sometimes I give in to ibuprofen just because I'm a wuss for pain.

AND, I have a congenital heart condition and I've had heart surgery, putting me at higher risk of a heart infection,

So if my fever gets to be 104 it's time to see the doctor, have blood tests, and probably (but not always) antibiotics. Being alive beats principles in that situation.

That said, I had pneumonia once on the Friday after Christmas on Thursday. I looked so bad my husband wanted to take me to the ER, but I just knew what the ER would be like on that night. I decided I'd rather die at home. Seriously! Well, I lived to tell about it. Not well, I was sick for months and it took multiple rounds of antibiotics at that point (this was before paleo). I would have needed fewer antibiotics if I'd gotten treatment sooner, and the world would have a few less resistant pathogens. So waiting a nasty bug out is not always the best strategy.

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on September 02, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Yes, that's my feeling.

I use tylenol for fever if the person in question is very uncomfortable, or if it's high enough that we'd be considering an ER trip if it didn't come down.

I'll use antibiotics if there is clear evidence of bacterial infection that the body isn't handling well on its own, or for a serious health problem that was suspected of being bacterial in origin (I'm not going to wait on lab results to see if the meningitis is bacterial or viral before starting antibiotics, for example).

In practice, this means I've had antibiotics 3 times as an adult - twice for GBS+ status during pregnancy (which I now feel comfortable handling via alternative means) and once when my eardrum ruptured due to an ear infection. My kids have never had them beyond the shared perinatal dose.

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on September 02, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Never used antibiotics on my son nor has he had any vaccinations, he has grown up just fine. We just let fevers run as nature intended. If its a life or death situation then drugs are helpful.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on December 20, 2011
at 03:00 AM

The first anti-vaxer I have found on this forum! I was wondering if there were any around.

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Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

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on September 02, 2011
at 07:01 PM

I was always taught to ride out fevers so you don't dampen the bodies immune response... the increased temp is to kill pathogens. Obviously, if it continues more than 5 days then one should investigate alternative methods... but I haven't had experience with that. I usually just ride it out, take extra Vit C and rest and it's usually gone by the 4th or 5th day.

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on August 13, 2013
at 07:48 PM

I have just come across this page and am disgusted at the way people put their children's Clive's at risks by not take doctors advice.

Garlic, homeopathic remedy, non vaccinations.......get real people you know better than qualified people? You absolutely amaze me by your ignorance.

It is very true anti bioethics HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST over prescribed but not now.

You if you want meddle with something you have absolutely a no knowledge about but by doing so you run the risk of killing your child.....simple as that. On your own heads be it.

I don't think I have ever read such utter rubbish in my life. IF YOU CHILD ADULT EED ANTIBIOTICS VACCINATIONS THEN GIVE THEM TO THEM. WHO THE HECK ARE WE TO JUDGE ABOVE QUALIFIED PEOPLE.

Would you accept the verdict of your butcher on your car problems. Get a life.

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