It’s therefore natural to think of antibiotic therapy as the natural opposite of steroids, and this has some truth to it. In the case of infection — which, remember, is not the only cause of inflammation — steroids do inhibit the immune response. But bear in mind that antibiotics do not, as a general rule, actually support or promote the body’s inflammatory response; rather, they work independently by attacking the infection directly along their own pathways. The result is that some pathologies (such as the contentious cases of sepsis and epiglottitis) may respond both to steroids — to manage the excessive inflammatory response — and antibiotics — to help eliminate the source infection.
My good friend fosters cats and about a month ago I brought one of her fosters into my apartment for a trial weekend. Turns out, these little guys had fleas! I treated them, bathed them and they went back to their new homes flea free. However, left me with a flea problem! Upside: I discovered they had fleas within 12 hours of brining them home (Yes, I know I should have check sooner but they had received flea treatment the week before). Since they were young and adjusting, they only went in two rooms of my apartment – my bathroom and my room (carpeted). As soon as I found fleas I went to work. I washed all bedding (mine and the cats), clothes, etc. I vacuumed, treated my carpet with a product containing IGR, and then vacuumed several more times. I used a spray I got at Petco in the bathroom (don’t think it was IGR though). I have vacuumed and washed several times since, but no further flea treatment. I bought some flea lamps and have had those going to try and see if I still have fleas… no sign of them. It has been just over a month and not a single sign since I found fleas on one of the kittens. Could I still have fleas? Further steps I should take? Is it really possible they are all gone? Thanks!!