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A 20-year-old female asked:

Waking up with sore throat and very hurtful cough. i had strep throat about 3weeks ago. am i getting it again? forgot to take 5pills fromantibiotics.

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Dr. Robert Pearson-Martinez
Pediatric Cardiology 20 years experience
Probably not: Upper respiratory symptoms like cough or congestion with a sore throat is much more suggestive of a viral pharyngitis than a step infection. Strep is usually characterized by high fevers & headache or stomachache WITHOUT cold symptoms. Even so, missing antibiotic doses increases the risk of inadequate treatment & early recurrence. --> rest, drink fluids & see your MD if the symptoms progress.
Dr. Archana Kayastha
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Strep throat: It definitely sounds like recurrence of strep infection. You may need to tested again and started on antibiotic if positive.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
Possibly: Strep throat can reoccur. This can happen if you miss pills or if you are re exposed to the strep bacteria. Be rechecked with a throat swab to see if you still have strep.

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