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REWARD! WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE!(If you catch him, what should you do?!)
So, if you happen to be so unlucky as to run into this wrongdoer, there are some options! But, the secret to successful treatment is to attack this invader as early as possible! After severe infection has set in, treatment will not be nearly as effective. (1) Basically, the use of antibiotics is essential for all cases of Anthrax...but there are slight differences depending on the kind of delinquent you come across. (1)

If you should happen to catch Cutaneous Anthrax...(1)

  • adults and children are safe to take the antibiotics
  • usually Ciprofloxacin or doxycycline are prescribed
  • these medications are taken for about 60 days

Since Inhalational Anthrax is more dangerous, the treatment differs slightly but still includes...(1)
  • antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin or doxycycline
  • one or two additional medications may be taken such as: rifampin, vancomycin, penicillin, ampicillin, chloramphenicol, imipenem, clindamycin, and clarithromycin
  • initial treatment is by vein (IV), along with medications by mouth

Penicillin (2)
Penicillin (2)

Penicillin (3)
Penicillin (3)

These medications have dangerous risks, but it is a chance most are willing to take in order to defeat this crook. Anthrax can cause horrendous damage to your body, so treatment is the best option.


  1. There are potentially severe side effects for children which include: damage to dental enamel, and damage to formation of ligaments and cartilage (1)
  2. Staining and deformity in the teeth of newborns may occur, if the mother is treated for Anthrax (1)
  3. Treatment of Anthrax with penicillin alone may cause the bacteria to become resistent to the antibiotics (1)