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Bacterial Throat Infection Not Strep
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
Can levofloxin be used to treat a strep throat infection? Are there better choices? I am allergic to penicillin and tetracylinces.
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?
Hard to distinguish: Clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially Read more
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
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
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
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
I've recently had a nasty strep throat infection. I've been taking phenoxymethylpenicillian and now I have a stomache ache that would kill a dog.?
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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