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Is It Safe To Take Penicillin VK For Boils?

Can penicillin V tabs be effective against boils. I am given 500 mg qid. I cannot take cloxacillin which was prescribed by dr as it has gelatine capsules and i am vegetarian. What other antibiotics can i take which has plant based capsules, liquid or tabs. When incision was made to drain it, there was no pus. But now the bed is yellowish. There is still a very tender spot. Thanks
Thu, 13 Jan 2022
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Hello,

Broad spectrum antibiotics can be started to control the infection or a boil. The pus can be cultures for isolating organism and drug sensitivity too can be done. However, this usually takes long time thus a broad spectrum antibiotic can be started. Penicillin is good enough if it suits you well.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Shailja Puri, Pathologist and Microbiologist
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Is It Safe To Take Penicillin VK For Boils?

Hello, Broad spectrum antibiotics can be started to control the infection or a boil. The pus can be cultures for isolating organism and drug sensitivity too can be done. However, this usually takes long time thus a broad spectrum antibiotic can be started. Penicillin is good enough if it suits you well. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Shailja Puri, Pathologist and Microbiologist