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how long does strep throat last without antibiotics

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
About that: The throat pain may not match the progress of the infection. Chloraseptic or Cepacol sprays can help w/pain, so can Cepacol or Sucrets lozenges.
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
60 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Wait about 3 days: Streptococcus should respond to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) within a week. However, if you do not get better, have a culture and sensitiv ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not necessarily: Unless a complication has occurred due to lack of tx.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Antibiotics: It won't be immediate, but usually within 1-2 days, you should start to feel some improvement. If you don't, you should be seen by your provider. In ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Strep is universally sensitive to the penicillin based drugs. You need to replace your toothbrush & avoid re-exposure to a source if you seem to h ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: You are considered contagious for 24 hours after starting antibiotics. The duration of your personal symptoms may vary, some a few days , many a week ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ka-Lok Tse, M.D.
31 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Strep throat: Probably or you need a throat culture
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Penicillin: Penicillin or Penicillin related first line. A quinolone may be used if allergic to Penicillin. Clindamycin is used for recurrent Strep throat.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Lynch
18 years experience Internal Medicine
The very first one: Most medical guidelines recommend penicillin as the first line agent to treat strep throat. However, i feel that Amoxicillin ( a derivative of penici ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
29 years experience Family Medicine
Strep throat : What do you mean exactly? Did you take an antibiotic specifically prescribed to treat your strep? Not all antibiotics work well against strep.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Strep infections: Strep throat can go away without treatment, but the repercussions can be serious like rheumatic fever glomerulonephritis or chorea.

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