Antibiotic Cautions

Sensitivity

Excessive and unneccessary use of any antibiotic is to be avoided. Although allergies to antibiotics are rare, they do happen. If the body has contact with a toxic substance for too long, it will attempt to rid itself of the substance. and an allergic reaction is the result of one of the methods a body can use. Other methods of elimination can, over time, cause other problems. The bottom line is, stop the antibiotic use when it is no longer necessary.

As a case in point, a number of years ago I had a female client come in for a nipple piercing. Eight months later she called me complaining of an 'infection' in her breast, the symptoms of which she described as a generalized tenderness of the breast tissue, with pain on palpation, and pain under her armpits. I talked with her for some time to try and get a complete picture of her current care, until she said "I've been using polysporin every day...". I had her stop the antibiotic immediately, and the symptoms disappeared within 24 hours. She will never again be able to use polysporin for a minor infection because of her sensitivity to it.

Overgrowth

Natural course is a term used within the medical community to denote a sequence of events with a loose cause and effect relationship to each other. An example would be a problem brought on by medication which has been used to correct another problem.

The surface of your skin has a natural ecology which helps it to remain healthy. Improper use of an anti-bacterial medication such as an antibiotic ointment will suppress the bacterial population which competes with and suppresses the natural population of fungus (eg. Candida albicans or yeast). Free of this natural suppression the Candida can then over-grow the treatment area and cause infections of its own accord. We commonly see problems of this nature when clients indiscriminately use antibiotic or anti-bacterial preparations to 'prevent infection' or to 'clean the piercing'.

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