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A 20-year-old female asked:

I keep getting strep throat each month on the 2nd week. i take penicillin but it always come back /: it's like the 7th time this year, help :(?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 29 years experience
Either..: ...You are not taking your medicine and it's not being cured, or someone near to you is carrying strep and giving it to you repeatedly. I've had multiple cases, for instance, where a kid got strep several times in a row. When i tested the other family members (who were not sick) they were positive and treating them fixed the problem.
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Dr. Marc kayem Kayem
Facial Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Consider tonsillecto: I would take one more course of another antibiotic, in case you are dealing with a resistant organism. If this does not work, you will need to have your tonsils out.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Carrier vs resistent: Many times a recurrent symptomatic strep can be resolved by a 2 step treatment, a penicillin or cephalosporin followed on the last 4 days by using rifampin. If this works, fine. If you are testing + for strep but not sick with it, you could be a carrier & the 2 step may help but not stop returning to carrier status.5 documented strep/yr will get the attention of many ent's & a tonsil removal.
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