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went to dr. sore throat very red, fever, 4 days. antibiotic given in case; haven't started it. fever is gone but still sore throat. should i take rx?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Fever sore throat. : Did you have a step culture done? If not, would get this first to confirm you need the antibiotics. Consult with us to order that for you.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Philip Schwarzman
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
90% of adult pharyngitis is viral,i.e. antibiotics are not needed. If you weigh the cost of getting a culture ,the unlikelihood that this is strep and the minimal benefit of taking an antibiotic (i.e. the rare complications that could be presented),I would just wait it out.
Jan 25, 2017

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