A 36-year-old member asked:
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strep throat, when will i no longer be contagious if it's been a week now?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
54 years experience Pediatrics
STREP TONSILLITIS: Strep throat responds easily to antibiotics like penvk and can render you less contagious on the 2nd day but you have to finish it until 10 days for complete cure.
Answered on Aug 24, 2013
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
? treated ?: If you were started on treatment with a penicillin or similar drug you would be consideded no longer contagious 24 hours after the start of therapy.If you were not treated, or did not maintain an adequate treatment for the prescribed course, you may remain contagious for months.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
48 hours: You are not contagious after 48 hours from the start of your antibiotics. In rare instances if you have severe tonsillitis, the contagiousness could last a little longer, or if you develop an abcess. However, you need to finish the full course of antibiotics to prevent recurrences and to prevent development of resistant bacteria in your system.
Answered on Aug 25, 2013

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