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A 34-year-old member asked:

How quickly do strep throat symptoms respond to penicillin?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Strep throat: Symptoms may improve within 6-8 hours after taking penicillin and feel a lot better within 24 hours, at which time one is no longer contagious.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

At what rate should strep throat symptoms respond to penicillin?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
48': Usualy not contagious after 24 hours on antibiotics and sxs usually start improving within 48 hours on antibiotics.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How quickly should I be getting over strep throat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Resolution: It usually resolves within a week. Hopefully you are taking antibiotics so that you don't develop serious complications. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can strep throat be penicillin resistant?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 38 years experience
No, but...: Group a strep, the bacteria that causes 'strep throat' is still universally sensitive to pcn. However, other bacteria can cause pharyngitis and acute tonsillitis, as well as many viruses. If you are not getting better, would get back with doc and see if you need a full culture or evaluation for other causes such as mono(caused by ebv virus and can sometimes give false positive result strep test).
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