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September 24th, 2011

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10:29 pm - Questions !
So, I was reading this article, and one line jumped out at me :
children routinely receive up to 20 courses of antibiotics before they reach adulthood

... because I don't recall having any antibiotics as a child (although my memory gets pretty fuzzy before 5ish). As far as I know, I've had one course ever, 6 years ago when I had a nasty bacterial chest infection. So, that means it's poll time !

Edit: Apparently can't add a poll after the entry has been posted. Bah. Poll is now here.
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Date:September 24th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
I had several as a kid. I've had many in my adult life. I'm an asthmatic and URIs are very dangerous. All my kids have had a LOT of ear infections, so they've had a bunch of courses of treatment.
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Date:September 24th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
I've had an average of something like one course a year (maybe more, but certainly not less) throughout my life.

This is Not Normal in my family; I am prone to UTIs, and the valve thingies between bladder and kidneys tend to malfunction, and now that I am in charge of my own medical needs, I generally get the doctors in before they get bad on the grounds that I know very well that they don't go away. Interestingly, I've found that I've had fewer overall since I began this policy. I also end up with sinus infections within a couple of weeks of being exposed to sufficient airborne particles (like a local bushfire, or spending several uninterrupted hours in the company of people who effectively chainsmoke).
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Date:September 24th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
The worst experience I've had with antibiotics is after getting the thingy in my eyelid excised. You have to smear antibiotics on your lashline at regular intervals for a bit, and that stuff travels down your lachrymal ducts. And it tastes REVOLTING.

Second-worst is any time I've been on the antibiotic where I lose an average of a kilo a day (penecillin intolerance SARCASTIC!YAY).

Third-worst is the antibiotic that sends me rapid-cycling bipolar. Which I figured out as a teenager, having been prescribed that one for UTIs for many many years, probably since I was a toddler.
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Date:September 24th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
I have no problem believing "up to 20". I would have had close to a course per year, and A. is already ahead of that rate.
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Date:September 24th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm told I had frequent life-threatening attacks of bronchitis in my first three years; my survival is a testament to Amoxycillin. Subsequently I had much more of an over-use problem with topical corticosteroids for eczema (which only really cleared up after I hit 40), but I'd be surprised if I was on antibiotics less often than once every two years throughout childhood/adolescence.
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Date:September 24th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)

As a child, quite a bit. Probably at least once a year, possibly twice.

But that was before scientists discovered the plasmid exchange rate between bacteria (good, bad or indifferent) was over 200 times what they thought it was, making resistant beneficial bacteria just as bad as resistant hostile bacteria). As an adult I tend to avoid them unless it is serious and sepsis is a possibility.

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Date:September 25th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
I used to get pretty frequent ear infections as a kid, but I'm not sure there were any antibiotics involved - I have far too many memories of just having to put up with it >.<

Even assuming I did get antibiotics for the worst ones, I would still expect to be around 10, at most. Across adulthood there'd be zero as far as I can recall. Haven't been to a doctor for anything but immigration purposes since well before I moved down here.
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Date:September 25th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
I can remember a couple of ear infections and that was probably it. I didn't get sick much as a kid, and when I did I didn't get very sick. I've probably had those twenty courses in last three years though, with all the tonsillitis and so on.

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