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What happens if tonsillitis does not clear up after a course of penicillin

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Deutsch
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Bacteria resistance: Tonsillitis can have different causes. Antibiotics are indicated for tonsillitis with a positive culture for strep. Some bacteria are resistant to p... Read More

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Depends: It does take a while for all the symptoms to go away, however you should have noticed some relief. If you had a positive strep test and you're gettin... Read More
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Depends: Most cases of tonsillitis are viral, so penicillin won't help. It should be used only when lab tests confirm that it's caused by strep. In thoses case... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Give it time: Such infections take several days to respond to antibiotics. In addition, most (all?) your symptoms might be due to a viral infection, and antibiotics... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Alternatives: There are plenty of non-penicillin alternatives that can be used; Erythromycin is one of the most common. If you really need to be treated with a peni... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Side effects rare: Side effects are rare with penicillin. If it's oral, you could have diarrhea after a few days, but not if you had an injection. Most likely you&#... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Howard Shapiro
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Other choices: If it is a bacterial infection, the most common antibiotic would be erythromycin or a similar drug. However, many cases PF pharyngitis are due to viru... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
It is OK: There is no drug interactions between these drugs. Always check with your doctor for specific medication interactions. Take care.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Entirely normal: Penicillin and related drugs (ampicillin, amoxicillin, and others) have a characteristic strong odor, and are excreted in the urine. Therefore, strong... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Not usually: Liquid penicillin is usually thick and pink. If there is a concern about the quality of your medication, talk to your pharmacist or physician.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Menses irregular: Acute infectious conditions can alter your menstrual periods regularity. If you think you are pregnant get a home kit and use the urine test strip to... Read More

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