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Antibiotics for Stomach Infection

Antibiotics for Stomach Infection

Bad bacteria in the food you eat and water you drink can cause stomach infections. These infections are known as bacterial gastroenteritis, also called food poisoning.

Bacterial gastroenteritis can also be caused by poor hygiene, and close contact with animals that may carry bad bacteria.

Bacterial gastroenteritis causes inflammation in the stomach and intestines.

While symptoms usually clear up on their own there are some more serious cases of bacterial gastroenteritis.

If you have a serious bacterial infection, then antibiotics may be prescribed.

Read on to learn more about antibiotics for stomach infection.

Symptoms of Gastroenteritis

If you are experiencing the below symptoms you may have a bacterial stomach infection.

Symptoms will vary depending on the type of bacteria causing your infection.

If your symptoms do not improve after 5 days, or rapidly worsen during this time period contact your doctor immediately.

For children you should contact a doctor after 2 days if you do not see improvement.

Babies over 3 months should see a doctor if they continue vomiting for more than 12 hours, but it is advised to contact your doctor sooner if their condition worsens during this time period.

Infants younger than 3 months with diarrhea and/or vomiting should see a doctor right away.

Antibiotics for Stomach Infection

Antibiotics are not typically prescribed for bacterial gastroenteritis, except in the most extreme cases.

If your symptoms do not improve, and/or get worse over the course of 5 days book an appointment with a PlushCare physician and get an oral antibiotic prescription today.

This pill will help kill the bacteria causing your infection. You will likely take the antibiotic for 7-10 days.

It is important to take the medication for the entire length prescribed to ensure all bacteria are eliminated. This helps prevent a relapse.

Common Antibiotics Prescribed for Bacterial Gastroenteritis

The list below shows the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for stomach infections.

  • Penicillin
  • Cephalosporin
  • Antifolate / sulfa combinations
  • Nitroimidazole
  • Penem
  • Glycopeptide
  • Monobactam antibiotics.

Additional Treatments

Whether you are taking antibiotics or not it is crucial to stay hydrated so your body has strength to fight off your infection. Especially because diarrhea and vomiting force the body to expel fluids leaving you dehydrated.

Dehydration makes it harder for your body to properly fight off the bacteria causing your infection. Make an extra effort to drink plenty of water and fluids containing electrolytes like sports drinks.

Your sodium and potassium levels also drop when you have bacterial gastroenteritis. Be sure to eat foods containing salt and potassium such as Saltines and bananas.

If your symptoms do not subside and/or worsen, you should book an appointment with a PlushCare physician and get a prescription today.

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Leah McCabe

Leah McCabe

Leah likes writing about health and science subjects. Through her writing she hopes to help people of all backgrounds have equal access to information and quality healthcare.

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