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Ampicillin And Strep Throat
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). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The germ: Some group A strep germs carry an extra piece of genetic code that triggers a toxin that can cause the rash. If someone has a strep infection in their throat it usually shows up within 12 hrs of the first fever. If the infection is treated very early, it may not show up at all. A strep germ without the extra gene will not trigger the rash. Scarlet fever is an old term used back before penicillin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Overkill: It's way more than you need. First, most sore throats are caused by viruses, which can't be treated with antibiotics. Second, even if you had strep throat, a bacterial infection, you only need Amoxicillin or penicillin. Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is unnecessary, and much more likely to cause diarrhea. ...Read more
Unlikely : The germ would probably laugh at this drug.Time to have your throat issue properly confirmed and the proper meds prescribed if needed.More than half of raw throats are viral. ...Read more
Yes: Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type of medication, and works very well against strep throat infections. The doctor can calculate the correct dose and the proper amount of time to use the amoxicillin. Strep throat is contagious and quite common in the community, meaning we primary care doctors see such infections every week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for strep: It'll likely take care of the infection but it's not recommended as first or even second line use. There are reports of increasing resistance of group a strep to fluoroquinolones (cipro). Penicillin is still the first choice and macrolides for people with penicillin allergy (or cephalosporins depending on local resistance). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Most people who have sore throat and cough have a viral infection, for which antibiotics offer no benefit. In the case of strep throat, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is overkill: penicillin or Amoxicillin are enough. In the case of bacterial pneumonia, there are more appropriate antibiotics than augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can rheumatic fever be treated with the antibiotics for streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?
See below: Both cause exudative pharyngitisfever and lymphadenopathy. In mono the lymphadenopathy is in the back of the neck and in strep throat it is at the angles of the jaw. In mono you will have atypical lymphocytosis, a positive mono spot test or ebv viral capsid igm antibody. In strep throat you will have a positive rapid strep test or throat culture. You can have both at the same time as well. ...Read more
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