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Help, I'm allergic to all antibiotics

I'm allergic to penicillins, sulfas, and tetracyclins. I am currently suffering from a 3 week long nasty cold virus. I fear that is turning to pnemonia (pneumonia). The decongestant and expectorants arent working anymore  and I think I have an ear infection. I'm also currently breastfeeding so my immune system is compromised. I have been searching for other antibiotic alternatives, the last time I needed one was 10 yrs ago when I had a sever reaction to sulfa. I have suffered through colds and illnesses without treatment since then but now I'm very very ill. Does anyone know of any options?
The times I went to the hospital in the past I was turned away pretty much, telling me they couldnt help me!
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Hi
Thanks for writing to the forum!
There are many antibiotic options apart from sulfa, penicillin and tetracyclines. There is ciprofloxacin group, the ofloxacin group, the erythromycin group, gentamycin, amikacin etc. However you cannot take antibiotics indiscriminately as you are breast feeing and the drugs may harm your little one.

Since the symptoms have been persisting for some time, you should consult an ENT specialist for this. Taking steam twice a day, drinking plenty of hot fluids and adding an anti-inflammatory drug to the medications you are taking may help.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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Thank you for your advice. Sadly I m allergic to mycins and the other ones mentioned gave me bad bad physical reactions that took months to clear up. I may have so strange condition I'm not aware of. I'm allergic to alot of things in general. I will have to see a doctor today even if I get turned away again.
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One thing that helps with cold and flu viruses that I have found to be true from personal experience is to get your vitamin D levels up to normal.  You can get a simple blood test to determine what your vitamin D level is.  The RDA for vitamin D is actually too low.  I'm not sure how much you can safely take while breast feeding, but since you have to see your doctor in order to get the vitamin D test done, you can find out from your doctor.

My original vitamin D level was so low that it barely registered.  That's enough to scare the conventional doctor.  Luckily, I don't have to worry about breast feeding.  So, both the conventional doctor and the naturopath agreed with no arguing about how much vitamin D I should take to get my levels up to normal.  I had to take the prescription megadose, plus natural vitamin D to get my vitamin D up to low normal.  This is the first cold and flu season that I can remember not catching a cold or flu at all.  And, I originally started out with almost no vitamin D at all!  When summer comes, spend a healthy amount of time in the sun, because that's the safest way of not overdosing on vitamin D.  The lighter your skin complexion is, the less time you need to spend in the sun.  Be careful about sun screens, too, because they block what you need from the sun.  If you use a sunscreen, use a safe and natural one, and apply it right before you go outside, so that you will get that critical window of time needed to get the vitamin D from the sun itself.  If you're like me and burn easily, you will need to always take a maintenance dose of natural vitamin D at 2,000 mg everyday even during the summer time.  The amount usually said to take to boost it up to normal is 4,000 mg everyday.  I just don't know how much you can take while you're breast feeding.  So, you should ask your doctor about this.

Prevention is key, especially when you can't use antibiotics.  If this doesn't help for the immediate future, hopefully it will help prevent problems for you by next season and you'll be able to go without catching colds and flus.

Colds and flus are viruses, too, so you really don't want to take antibiotics for a cold or flu.  I understand about the post viral infections.  There are some natural products, like essential oils that are supposed to work as antibiotics, but unfortunately I don't know enough about them.  I avoid taking antibiotics unless I'm in a situation where I really have to take them.  I have also learned that I'm at least sensitive to sulfites, so I know I should be careful about sulfa drugs myself.  You can also have fluid on your ears from the virus or even from allergies and have it not be an infection.  It still hurts like an infection, but it's not an infection.  I get that myself.  The decongestants that help would also be something that you shouldn't take while breast feeding, because they can raise blood pressure in you, so obviously this would affect the baby, too.
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As you know a virus is not cured by an antibiotic. Often, late in the stages of a viral infection, a bacterial infection will piggyback itself.

I'm not sure who told you "your immune system is compromised" because you are breastfeeding, but this is not true.

I would not take ciproflaxin because the mechanism of action is to inhibit replication of cells, and it will be passed in the breast milk to your child. If you do take anti-biotics, you should end breast feeding and go to a formula. So the rule you should follow is : If breast-feeding and taking any antibiotic cease breast-feeding.

This does not necessarily mean a baby will damage itself by consuming milk from a mother taking antibiotics (after all, we give babies antibiotics when they have infections), however it represents an unnecessary risk. You also risk infecting the baby with your lung infection.

A daily D3 supplement (not just D) is an excellent suggestion.
There are other options besides anti-biotics, but they are not currently available.

Phage therapy, for example, was a mainstay of Soviet medicine and the factories that produced phages were located in the Republic of Georgia. Phages are organisms that consume bacteria. The plants that produced these medications closed in 1989, and a Canadian bought up most of them, and then dismantled the production facilities. The FDA, with bureaucratic short-sightedness, has failed to encourage this modality within the United States. Watson and Crick, who recieved the Nobel prize for discovery of DNA, began their research on phages. Up until the late invasion, such treatment was still available. Phage therapy, though non-standard, is provided by a few non-traditional physicians. For a variety of reasons I cannot provide you with contact information, but phage treatment is being used on a number of HIV patients with anti-biotic resistant infections with good results.
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im also allergic to all antibiotica
i take probiotics with vit c  5000iu of vit d3 with 200iu vite ip6 and inositol mushroom complete curcumin  astragalus root   alpha laporic acid  omega 3     super b complex watch dr richard becker on religeoug channen [your health]
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