Do antibiotics slow down healing?

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   Posted 12/5/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I self diagnosed myself with C-diff at least until Monday when I can talk to my GI.  I've had it so many times I know exactly what it's like....I started taking Vancomycin x4 daily.  My issue is I swear I've heard antibiotics slow down healing...I just recently had surgery and have an open wound and a wound VAC....does anyone happen to know if antibiotics slow down healing? I googled it with no luck.  Thanks!
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
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   Posted 12/5/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It would depend on the antibiotic and the method of administration, as well as the site of the wound and a bunch of other factors. It is quite common for antibiotics to be used for reconstruction of tissue, which would be a problem if they inhibited healing.

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   Posted 12/5/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Steroids slow down healing, but I haven't heard that antibiotics do.
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Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
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   Posted 12/6/2009 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got on Bactrim for a UTI, and lo and behold it seems (knock on everything wooden) to have calmed down my five month Crohn's flare. My stomach hasn't felt this good since the first half of the year. I'm on pentasa, pred and therapeutic levels of 6MP - and very close to going on Humira.

That is, unless the Bactrim of all things has knocked the heck out of this flare. I can only hope.
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