How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. D. Love Your Own Question

Dr. D. Love
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 18215
Experience:  Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
21597572
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. D. Love is online now

My mother who is 78 has a chest infection - this was confirmed

Resolved Question:

My mother who is 78 has a chest infection - this was confirmed by her GP and Erythromicin was prescribed 4x daily - she has taken the meds along with an ibroprofen as she is in pain. After just 2 days she appears to be worse! She says she hurts all over and feels sick and dizzy - after looking on line I found a lot of people have had this reaction to Erythromicin - my mum is also allergic to Amoxycilin! Please advise we need her to feel better by Tuesday as that is my dads funeral!
Many thanks
Amanda
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
Hello from JustAnswer. I am sorry that your mother is so sick. There are a couple of options for choice of antibiotics at this point. The most commonly used antibiotic would be a cephalosporin type antibiotic, such as cefuroxime. However, some people that are allergic to penicillins, such as amoxicillin, can also be allergic to cephalosporins. The rate of cross-reactivity is low, but in someone with a more severe reaction or a more recent reaction, we tend to be more cautious. In that setting, using a fluiroquinolone, uch as levofloxacin. Another option would be an antibiotic that is in the same class as erythromycin, but is better tolerated, called azithromycin. If the infection seems to be improving on the erythromycin, and she is feeling worse solely because of side effects, then this would be a reasonable option. But it sounds from your description that the infection is getting worse, and if so, it would be better to change to a different class of antibiotics, such as one of the options noted above. If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.
Dr. D. Love, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 18215
Experience: Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
Dr. D. Love and other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My mum has gotten up now but she is still very tired and seems to be in a lot of pain every time she moves - she has said she hurts all over! I didn't give her the 4th tablet last night and I'm loathe to give her any more Erythromicin - should we just give her ibroprofen and paracetamol?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 1 year ago.
I am sorry for the delay, but the system did not alert me to your resonse. It is fine to just give her ibuprofen and paracetamol at this point, but she will likely need one of the other antibiotics noted above.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Family Physician

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
< Previous | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    7887
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Ivy League trained
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    255
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.co.uk/uploads/TA/tazechip/2012-6-7_135230_drpic.64x64.png Dr. Chip's Avatar

    Dr. Chip

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    12373
    20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions