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Doctor insights on: Bacterial Throat Infection Not Strep

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I have bacterial throat infection, what to do?

I have bacterial throat infection, what to do?

Usually: Treated with an antibiotic, although this is becoming less common because most throat infections are viral - unless you have been tested and are positive for STREP pharyngitis ...Read more

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Can levofloxin be used to treat a strep throat infection? Are there better choices? I am allergic to penicillin and tetracylinces.

Can levofloxin be used to treat a strep throat infection? Are there better choices? I am allergic to penicillin and tetracylinces.

Yes: Strep throat is due to a Gram positive bacteria. Levofloxin can treat that as well as many Gram negative bacteria. Since you are allergic to PCN and Tetracycline this is a logical choice. ...Read more

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I've got recently been treated for a strep throat infection, so I'm wondering how long does this bacteria stay on objects in my household?

I've got recently been treated for a strep throat infection, so I'm wondering how long does this bacteria stay on objects in my household?

Not an issue: Bacteria cannot stay alive on dry surface of objects long. It is generally expected that once you take an effective antibiotics for strep throat, you are no longer contagious in 24 hours. ...Read more

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How do u tell the difference between a viral or bacterial throat infection?

How do u tell the difference between a viral or bacterial throat infection?

Culture: The symptoms of viral or bacterial infection of the throat or tonsils may be similar. The appearance of these structures on physical examination may also be similar. Therefore, a culture of the throat will determine if you have pathological bacterial species. This is how any physician can only determine the etiology of a sore throat. ...Read more

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I had a bacterial throat infection with no sign of abnormalities in wbc, what's this mean?

I had a bacterial throat infection with no sign of abnormalities in wbc, what's this mean?

Not unusual: Lots of people get sore throat without abnormalities in WBC. Unless you have culture confirmation of it being bacterial, if was likely viral. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has had a bacterial throat infection twice in the past 8 weeks what is it caused from plz?

My 6 month old baby has had a bacterial throat infection twice in the past 8 weeks what is it caused from plz?

Identify bacteria: We all have bacteria in our mouths and throats. If your infant is actually sick from this, then it is essential that the child have a complete throat culture to identify which bacteria are present and which antibiotics are needed to clear the infection. Throat infections in this age group are a bit unusual, so I would talk to your pediatrician about checking immunoglobulin levels if this persists. ...Read more

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What can I do for strep throat infection and rash all over?

What can I do for strep throat infection and rash all over?

Antibiotics: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. 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

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Throat infection (viral not bacterial) doc says, have had it for a week now, no real sings of clearing. I'm a PT, can I train? Or shud I rest?

Throat infection (viral not bacterial) doc says, have had it for a week now, no real sings of clearing. I'm a PT, can I train? Or shud I rest?

More Time Needed: Viral throat infections can last over a week. If a throat culture was negative (to confirm the exam), that helps but not 100%; if it wasn't done, maybe one is due. But without a fever and exudate and severe pain it's probably not bacterial. Also if you're dead tired it may be Mono. Don't do things to irritate it: eat bland and or cold; gargle with very dillute salt water (pinch in a glass) ...Read more

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Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Does taking treatment for throat infection put my baby more at risk for my Group B Strep? I'm a carrier. Abx don't cover GBS can they make it stronger

Antibiotics: Hi
So the usual recommendation is that you get tested for Group B strep between 35-37 weeks of your pregnancy. If you test positive, they will give you IV antibiotics that cover GBS during labor because the GBS transmission to the baby occurs during childbirth. Generally speaking, if an antibiotic doesn't cover GBS, it won't stimulate it to become "stronger". ...Read more

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Can you get strep throat infection on your vagina?

Actually yes: The strep germ can find its way to other body areas. It is not uncommon to get a perianal strep infection so it is not impossible to have a vaginal strep infection.... ...Read more

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How many days should my husband take Ampicillin for his Strep throat infection? Its 500mg.

How many days should my husband take Ampicillin for his Strep throat infection? Its 500mg.

10 Days +: A minimum of 10 days is a good rule of thumb but it assumes his response is good. Need physician to be sure of good response. Change of drug sometimes required. Antibiotic should be continued several days beyond cure but not less than 10 days total. ...Read more

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Can bacterial sinus /throat infection, not yet treated, cause elevated CEA? Labcorp high norm = 3.9. My usual 2.7 - 3.1. Reading was 4.4 that day.

Can bacterial sinus /throat infection, not yet treated, cause elevated CEA? Labcorp high norm = 3.9. My usual 2.7 - 3.1. Reading was 4.4 that day.

No, but your CEA is: CEA levels below 5 ng are considered normal. It is test which we do not like to do unless patient has an established diagnosis of cancer. Infections do not increase the CEA level. You can safely ignore your CEA value of 4.4. Small variation in levels are common, so it can be safely ignored. Only when CEA level rises by 100% and progressively increases, do we take notice of this test. ...Read more

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Bacterial conjunctivitis from throat infection, what to do?

M.D. visit/mgt: If you have been diagnosed with a bacterial illness, monitoring your temperature, staying hydrated and letting your physician know about persistent or worsening symptoms while on an antibiotic is advised. Certain viral infections may cause severe respiratory, throat and eye infections as well. These are typically not associated with a lot of discharge or mucus production from the lung. ...Read more

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Can strep throat infection be transmitted via oral sex or vaginal intercourse?

Can strep throat infection be transmitted via oral sex or vaginal intercourse?

Yes: Since the strep bacteria infect mucosal tissues, you certainly can spread it via oral contact if someone has an untreated infection. Get yourselves better and then enjoy! ...Read more

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I have joint swelling caused by bacterial throat infection. Is this normal?

I have joint swelling caused by bacterial throat infection. Is this normal?

No, see your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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I had a bacterial throat infection, had a dose of anti biotics and a repeat. 4 days after finishing im getting a sore throat and white tongue. Ideas?

I had a bacterial throat infection, had a dose of anti biotics and a repeat. 4 days after finishing im getting a sore throat and white tongue. Ideas?

Possible thrush..: White tongue and sore throat might be symptoms and signs of oral thrush which is associated with a yeast (fungal) infection and require other type of antibiotics to be prescribed. Please make an appointment with your doctor so a direct exam can be performed and appropriate treatment prescribed. ...Read more

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Is ciprofloxacin a good medicine for throat infection? How to learn if throat infection is due to bacteria or virus?

Is ciprofloxacin a good medicine for throat infection? How to learn if throat infection is due to bacteria or virus?

Over 90% viral...: ...and won't respond to any antibiotic. In early stages, it usually isn't possible to tell. After a few days, persisting fever (>38C), white patches in the throat, or enlarged/tender glands in the neck suggest strep or other bacteria. Ciprofloxacin is not the best choice for strep/bacterial pharyngitis. Amoxicillin, augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or a macrolide (azithromycin etc) are more reliable. ...Read more

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Does a viral sore throat hurt as much as a strep throat infection?

You bet...: ....And sometimes more. Some of the worst sore throats I have treated were caused by the epstein barr virus. Sometimes strep hurts a lot, and sometimes strep doesn't hurt that much at all. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has strep throat and has had 2 blood clots come up out of throat. Could this be associated with the throat infection? He did not cough t

My 5 year old has strep throat and has had 2 blood clots come up out of throat. Could this be associated with the throat infection? He did not cough t

Blood clots: It is possible that there is some bleeding from the inflammation from the strep, or even some bleeding from the nose can drip down and cause blood clots. Unless it is prolonged or persistent; it probably goes with the strep. ...Read more

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Had a throat infection. 4 months later still hav large tonsils no pain. Swabbed it myself as dr dismissed me! Found group a strep. Is Treatment needed?

Had a throat infection. 4 months later still hav large tonsils no pain. Swabbed it myself as dr dismissed me! Found group a strep. Is Treatment needed?

No: Antibiotics are given to prevent Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), NOT to cure the sore throat. At best they may reduce the duration of symptoms by 16 hours. The incidence of Rheumatic Fever (RF) in the U.S. is one in a million cases of strep throat. Only one out of three patients with RF develop RHD. For every three million antibiotic Rx's only one case of RHD is prevented. **See
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I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)? .

I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)? .

Not a good choice: Levaquin is a broad spectrum antibiotic and usually preferred for more serious infections. Strep throat is usually still amenable to most first generation antibiotics. Being allergic to penicillin suggests u shd try a cephalosporin which shd help. Resistant to Biaxin (clarithromycin) is unlikely and erythromycins may still work. Relatively safer medications like clindamycin also exist. ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more