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Ampicillin And Strep Throat
Is my 2nd day taking ampicillin for strep throat and had unprotected sex today, I been on bc for 6months. Can I get pregnant? I always use it right!
Possible, not probab: You should use condoms the rest of the time you will be on the antibiotiucs, just to be sure. ...Read more
Yes: There are other meds I would use but Ampicillin would be considered an effective medication when given at proper dose and duration. ...Read more
15 weeks pg Was taking 250mg Ampicillin every 6 hrs for Strep throat for 2 days. Now switch to 500mg Amoxicillin 2x/day. Took Amp at 1:30 when to take?
Doesn't matter: You can start the amoxicillin whenever you wish. These are extremely safe drugs: you could take ten times as much of either one, or both of them, without harm to you or your baby. Don't worry about it. Best wishes for quick success in treating your infection and for a healthy pregnancy and baby. ...Read more
TO shoot or not?: First, you don't want a shot of Ampicillin - you would want a shot of penicillin, because there is a long acting form of that which will treat your strep throat. There is no long acting ampicillin. Then, it depends on each individual - if you are good about remembering to take your oral medicine and take them all, then pills work fine. If not, or you are vomiting, then the shot's the way to go. ...Read more
Just diagnosed with strep throat, would like to take ampicillin in lieu of amoxicillin because I already have it. What is proper dosage each day?
250mg 4xday x10 days: Normal dose would be 250mg, 4 times a day, for 10 days. Be sure medication you have is not expired. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more
I am currently taking ampicillin for skin issues. I was directly exposed to strep throat today. Can I still get strep while on this antibiotic?
I been having red bumps on the back of my throat for a while now close to a month and its been keeping me from eating very much because my throat gets swollen and I have trouble swollowing is it a normal strep throat? I been taking ampicillin for a while
If you did not have: A Quick-Srep Test or throat culture that was positive for Group A Streptococcus before starting antibiotics, no one can know if "strep throat" was or is the cause of your symptoms. You'd have to stop antibiotics for a while to obtain a valid throat culture, but your doctor can order blood tests for antibodies to mononucleosis & strep & look for other causes of your protracted symptoms. ...Read more
Can being on a prophylactic antibiotic of Ampicillin for another reason cause a false negative in a strep throat culture?
Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later. ...Read more
Throat infection: "strep" throat is an infection of the throat or tonsils caused by a type of bacteria called group a streptococcus. Usually accompanied by fever, headache, or nausea, strep is one if the few throat infections treated with antibiotics. Strep can only be reliably diagnosed with a throat swab. Although most cases resolve on their own, complications can arise if untreated within 10 days. ...Read more
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact. Person A puts fingers in mouth, touches doorknob painting it with strep. Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. It is much less contagious than chickenpox, where a cough is common + airborne spread ...Read more
Depends: If you are looking at this in the short term, no. Most untreated patients will gradually feel better and return to a stable state of health. An estimated 1/200 will develop rheumatic fever and associated heart disease, kidney or brain impairments. Some of these will eventually die from complications if untreated. It is a significant cause of death in underdeveloped countries, but takes time. ...Read more
?: Unsure what you mean with your question. If you mean it's prodrome (early presentation), the symptoms can widely vary and group a beta-hemolytic strep can masquerade as a lot of other illnesses. However, sore throat, sometimes fevers, frontal headache, stomach ache, vomiting and nausea, sandpapery rash are all seen. ...Read more
Several: Sore throat, usually fever, a whittish covering over the tonsils, a fetid or foul breath, red spots on the soft part of the upper back of the throat, painful swallowing, enlarged tonsils, enlarged uvulae. Perhaps a rash (sandpaper like) over the body and enlarged lymph nodes. You may have strep and not notice it so much. It can be mild. If suspected, get tested and treated. ...Read more
Need antibiotics: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Symptoms or + tests: There are people that carry strep A year round and will always have a positive rapid test or culture. Blood studies usually show the body is not reacting to the germ. When they come in with a viral sore throat, most treat it as strep. If you are a carrier, it is a bother, but requires no treatment. If you get repeated strep illness, there are combinations of meds that can help stop it. ...Read more
1st Sx will: Strep throat goes through several phases. The acute symptoms will eventually fade in most without rx. During the sub-acute phase, the body continues to make antibodies and a fraction (1/200) develop long term complications including kidney damage, heart damage (rheumatic fever) and brain injury. Antibiotics can stop the complications if started within ~10 days of first fever. ...Read more
Strep carrier: People who are strep 'carriers' are colonized with the bacteria in their throats and intermittently can be symptom free. People who have recurrent sore throats and positive Rapid Strep swabs might want to be checked for this by having a throat culture performed when no symptoms are present. ...Read more
Depends: In the short term, most untreated patients will gradually feel better & return to a stable state of health. An estimated 1/200 will develop rheumatic fever and associated heart disease, kidney or brain impairments. Some of these will eventually die from complications if untreated. They also pass this & the risk on to others. If you relish infecting your family/friends roll the dice. I'd get treated ...Read more
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up through casual contact. Person A puts fingers in mouth, touches doorknob painting it with strep. Person B opens door and eventually touches face/mouth, completing the pass. Any contact with saliva can pass it. ...Read more