A 29-year-old female asked:
i m allergic to penicillin keflex azithromiacin my daughter has scarlet fever and i m worried about what i can take if i get it ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Eric Stansby answered
26 years experience Emergency Medicine
Don't panic: Scarlet fever is an acute febrile illness, primarily affecting children, caused by group a beta-hemolytic streptococci. Clinical manifestations include fever, sore throat, and fine sand-paper like rash caused by a toxin produced by the strep. Although penicillins are antibiotics of choice, there are other antibiotics that are effective. Your doctor will know. A throat culture is helpful.
Answered on Feb 26, 2017
Dr. Michael Zacharisen answered
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Levofloxacin: Levofloxacin (levaquin) is in a family of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones and is unrelated to penicillin, cephalosporin (keflex) and macrolides (azithromycin). Levaquin has antibacterial activity against group a strep which causes scarlet fever. It is more expensive than other drugs and has more side effects. See an allergist as penicillin allergy can resolve and testing is available.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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