Alternative to antibiotics?

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badgutcanuck
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   Posted 12/11/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a new member, and I know this is off topic to heartburn or GERD, which I have, but does anyone know of an alternative to antibiotics? I think I have bronchitis again and I really don't want to use antibiotics and destroy my gut again.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/11/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
If your doctor says you have chest infection then you're not really going to get better without antibiotics - and you could end up in hospital as a result of trying! You could also end up needing much stronger antibiotics as a result of not nipping it in the bud. Why not plan to take some probiotics as soon as you can after the antibiotics - if you need the antibiotics, which you won't know without getting someone to listen to your chest of course.

Tea tree and oil of oregano are natural alternatives to antibiotics, but are harsh on a sensitive stomach. You could try steam inhalation with menthol crystals or tea tree. However, I wouldn't delay seeking doctor's advice on whether or not you currently have a chest infection.

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badgutcanuck
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   Posted 12/11/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the wise advice about the probiotics after the antibiotics. I hadn't thought of that. I'm going to walk-in clinic tomorrow to see my doctor. I also have a call in to my naturopath. I'll post the results.

Thanks again.

dencha
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   Posted 12/11/2011 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Badgut,
If you have a PCP you can talk to, share your problems taking antibiotics (I have that problem as well, and get gastritis whenever I take it).  The ones I can tolerate are Amoxicillin and Z-pac, although the last time I took a Z-pac my stomach reacted more than I expected.
 
There is one other back-up antibiotic choice, and that's Rocephen.  Rocephen is injectable, so you'll bypass your stomach.  I've only had it once--when I had a lung infection before, during, and after my Nissen surgery.  My PCP understood my stomach problems, and went the Rocephen route to avoid irritating my healing stomach.
 
Good luck finding something that works for you.
Denise

badgutcanuck
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   Posted 12/11/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise. I didn't know antibiotics were available by injection at a doctor's office. I'l ask her about it. It might just be available that way in the U.S.

I'm mainly concerned that the antibiotic kills the good bacteria in my gut which leads to all kinds of problems. I'll see my doctor tomorrow and pray it's not bronchitis again.

Thanks for posting a reply.

Nicky
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