Why in the world did you take antibiotics that long?
I took antibiotics when I was a kid for ear infections. My ear canals point downwards. Plus they are narrow. So it's easy for me to get ear infections. Once I was on them for six months due to an ear infection [correction, sinus infection] that I got after being in the hospital for pneumonia (which I was also put on antibiotics for). That was when I was 20. I also started taking antibiotics when I was a teenager for acne. The types of antibiotics I was on are known to cause antibiotic-associated colitis. I think I've been on them all. I didn't know that then, and at the time my digestive system was healthy. Most of the time, from when I was a teen to when I was 40, I was on antibiotics for acne. I'd switch doctors. That's how I was able to continue getting the antibiotics. And then, I could buy them at the drug store when I was living in Taiwan without having a prescript
ion. I got this really horrible skin inflammation on my face that lasted from the time I was 30 to about
35. No dermatologist had ever seen anything like it before. I was on antibiotics practically the whole time, although there were weeks in which I'd try not to be on the antibiotics. I was definitely on them for a continuous two years without a break. The skin inflammation would get worse if I didn't take the antibiotics; so I'd go back on them. Antibiotics didn't make the skin inflammation better. They just kept it from getting worse. I took antibiotics for so long that every time I got a cut, such as a paper cut, it would get inflamed. Or if I put on a band aid, the skin under the sticky parts gets inflamed. In fact, my skin still gets inflamed from cuts and band aids only not as bad.
I started keeping a food journal, and I found out that bread and cheese would make the inflammation worse; so I cut those out of my diet. The inflammation gradually went away. Every time I tried eating bread and cheese, it would come back. about
10 years later, I was able to eat bread and cheese again. So I guess it took that long for the cause of the inflammation to completely get out of my system.
Since then, I've been taking antibiotics off and on for sinus, ear, and bladder infections, although I'm trying to use alternative methods if possible. A couple of weeks ago, I had a mole that got infected and came off. I've been prescribed an antibiotic cream for that. I only used a little of it. I got an ear infection about
a week ago. I went to urgent care last Thursday. They took out the wax and prescribed antibiotics. The infection is almost gone.