Question: Hi,pls what is the meaning of moderate mixed growth in urine? M. (UK)
Answer: When a urine sample is sent to the laboratory, a culture is done to try to grow the bacteria that may be causing an infection in the urinary tract. In a true infection there will be only one type of bacteria identified and it is on the basis of those results that the appropriate effective antibiotic will be recommended. In some cases, the culture reveals a mixed growth. In other words, a variety of bacteria are grown. This will normally indicate that there is no urinary tract infection. The grown bacteria will be simply a contamination, typically picked up in the process of collecting the sample. Remember the external genitalia and surrounding areas are awash with bacteria (harmless) which can be inadvertently picked up when collecting the urine sample. Those results you describe mean there is no evidence of urinary tract infection.
Question: is augmentin safe for pregnancy (during 5 months)? S.S. (Saudi Arabia)
Answer: There are concerns about the use of Augmentin in pregnancy after a large study where this antibiotic was used showed some adverse effects on some babies. Only a small number of babies were affected but this raised a question mark on its safety in pregnancy. It is therefore advised to avoid unless there is no effective alternative. Augmentin, the generic name of which is Co-amixiclav, is a combination of two drugs, namely Amoxicillin and Potassium clavulanate. It is mostly used for urinary tract infection and, in many instances, Amoxicillin on its own is sufficient. Alternatively a cephalosporin antibiotic such as Cefalexin could be used. Both these are perfectly safe to use at any stage of pregnancy
Question: Thank you for the website, it is very educative. I want to know if Ampiclox is safe in early pregnancy? J. (Nigeria)
Answer: Thank you for the kind compliments. Ampiclox is a combination of two types of Penicillin antibiotics, namely, Ampicillin and Cloxacillin.
The combination produces what is termed as a broad-spectrum antibiotic capable of dealing effectively with a wide variety of bacteria. It is completely safe to use at any stage of pregnancy. So that you know, as a rule of thumb, penicillins are safe in pregnancy.
Question: My specialist is advising that I have my fallopian tubes removed before starting treatment for ivf. I’m shocked by this! Is it really necessary or are they trying to get more money from us? What’s your advice? A.A. (Mexico)