Anthrax is a deadly infectious disease that may be transmitted to humans by infected animals or by biological warfare. There are three types of anthrax: cutaneous, inhalation, and gastrointestinal. Symptoms of cutaneous anthrax include a swollen glands, muscle ache, headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, and a red-brown raised spot that enlarges, blisters, and hardens, forming an ulcer crater with black crust. Symptoms of inhalation anthrax are flu-like and may progress to respiratory distress, shock, coma, and death. Symptoms of gastrointestinal anthrax include loss of appetite, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Treatment for cutaneous anthrax involves penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin, and ciprofloxin. Inhalation anthrax necessitates treatment with IV therapy with antibiotics. Read more: Anthrax Article
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Anthrax - Treatment
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Anthrax - Concerns
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Anthrax - Prevention
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Loss of Appetite
- Bumps on Skin
- Abdominal Pain
- Swollen Lymph Nodes (Lymphadenopathy)
- How to Choose a Doctor
- Doctor: Checklist to Take To Your Doctor's Appointment
- Doctor: Getting the Most from Your Doctor's Appointment
- Anthrax and Beyond: Potential Bioterror Agents
Medications & Supplements
- Cipro, Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin) Antibiotic
- Levaquin (levofloxacin) Antibiotic
- doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Acticlate Cap, Doryx, Doxteric, Doxy)
- erythromycin, Ery-Tab, PCE
- Penicillin (Antibiotics)
- tetracycline (Sumycin [Discontinued])
- Cipro vs. Flagyl (Differences between Side Effects and Uses)
- Cipro vs. Levaquin: Differences Between Side Effects, Uses, and Strength
- Amoxicillin vs. Levaquin (Strength and Effectiveness)
- levofloxacin (Levaquin) Side Effects and Adverse Effects
Prevention & Wellness
- FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics
- Anthrax Vaccine Shows Promise in Monkey Trial
- Inhalation Anthrax Treatment Approved
- Anthrax Vaccine Approval Expanded
- New Treatment for Anthrax Approved
- CDC Issues Tough Report on Anthrax Scare
- No CDC Lab Workers Seem Sickened by Anthrax: Report
- CDC Lab Workers May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
- Pediatricians Should Plan for Anthrax Attack, U.S. Experts Say
- Raxibacumab Approved for Inhalational Anthrax
- Vulnerability to Anthrax Varies Widely: Study
- U.S. Advisers Explain Request to Censor Bird Flu Research
- Anthrax Vaccine Shows Promise in Monkeys
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