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Used antibiotic for sore throat when it wasn't prescribed should I be worried?

Used antibiotic for sore throat when it wasn't prescribed should I be worried?

Resistance: Infections are either viral or bacterial and need to be properly diagnosed to get treated. Antibiotics are used only for bacterial infections that need them. The overuse of antibiotics can cause resultant resistance in treatment, so it is important to get properly diagnosed before taking meds. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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My son Lucas has a sore throat and congestion. My husband is just getting it too-has been taking an antibiotic and I think my son needs one too?

My son Lucas has a sore throat and congestion. My husband is just getting it too-has been taking an antibiotic and I think my son needs one too?

Probably not: Most colds are due to viruses and antibiotics do not work on them. All you end up with are the side effects from the antibiotics and increasing antibiotic resistance to other things. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/antibiotics-colds ...Read more

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I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

Sore throat: 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. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I keep getting sore throat and colds this is my 4 th time i got it been to the doctors got antibiotic but come back again it goes for 2 weeks?

I keep getting sore throat and colds this is my 4 th time i got it been to the doctors got antibiotic  but come back again it goes for 2 weeks?

Not a bacterial infx: Your symptoms are likely caused by a fungus or virus- that is why antibiotics aren't working. Depending on your geoprahic location, example of other diagnoses includes influenza a (virus) infection and pulmonary coccidioidomycosis (valley fever). ...Read more

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To discuss a sore throat I've had despite antibiotic treatment ?

Viral vs ....: Post nasal drainage vs acid reflux. Each has a different treatment. If you have a history of allergies start taking an over the counter antihistamine. If you have reflux avoid spicy and acidic foods and consider a stomach acid blocking pill (PPI) or Tums for episodic relief. ...Read more

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I started taking a general, prescribed antibiotic yesterday for a sore throat, cough, and cold. Is it common to feel overall weakened today?

I started taking a general, prescribed antibiotic yesterday for a sore throat, cough, and cold.  Is it common to feel overall weakened today?

Not uncommon: Infections can certainly cause generalized fatigue and malaise, and just one day of the antibiotics will not get you feeling better that soon. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you get worse and not slowly better, than follow-up with the Dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Went to Dr. Sore throat very red, fever, 4 days. Antibiotic given in case; haven't started it. Fever is gone but still sore throat. Should I take RX?

Went to Dr. Sore throat very red, fever, 4 days. Antibiotic given in case; haven't started it. Fever is gone but still sore throat. Should I take RX?

Fever sore throat. : Did you have a step culture done? If not, would get this first to confirm you need the antibiotics. Consult with us to order that for you. ...Read more

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I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

Don't know: Can't make that determination without an assessment. This may or may not be related to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Hubby has sore throat on one side no other syptoms, doc said he could see a boil like thing. Took antibiotic went away now it's back. What could it be?

Needs a re-check: One-sided sore throat, with a visible lesion, not resolved with antibiotic, brings to mind a couple if possibilities. One is a possible abscess. An abscess would need to be treated in the Emergency Room by an ENT specialist. The other thought would be evaluation for a tumor. In both instances, and in light of him not being better, he needs to be re-evaluated. If his voice is affected go to ER ...Read more

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I have a cough, sore throat that's red with white spots and low energy. I've been in bed since Friday. Would an antibiotic help?

I have a cough, sore throat that's red with white spots and low energy. I've been in bed since Friday. Would an antibiotic help?

It might.: Most sore throats associated with cough and fatigue are caused by one of a gazillion viruses out there. But bacterial infections can cause sore throats. Streptococcus is the most common. If I have my math right & you've been sick x 6 days, it's time to get medical care. At the very least, you need a strep test. Feel better soon! ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat and ears for awhile, coughing out mucus, and have taking antibiotic but still no change, what is it?

I have had a sore throat and ears for awhile, coughing out mucus, and have taking antibiotic but still no change, what is it?

Cough and earache: One possibility is that the antibiotic is not the correct one. Another is that your symptoms are not due to a bacterial infection. Do you have a history of seasonal allergies? Best to see your doctor again for a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How would you treat a strep carrier that developed low grade fever with no sore throat ? Would you give antibiotic ? Which one ?

How would you treat a strep carrier that developed low grade fever with no sore throat ? Would you give antibiotic ? Which one ?

Do history and exam: If history suggests viral agent with nasal congestion and cough, then observation and Rx fever only would be appropriate for a person who is a strep carrier. However, many individuals do not complain of sore throat with strep, but on exam have a red palate, enlarged tonsils and cervical adenopathy. I would treat with amoxicillin or cephalosporoin or clindamycin. ...Read more

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Can you reinfect yourself with strep throat while taking the antibiotic medication? Experiencing re-emerging sore throat and white dots on tonsils

Can you reinfect yourself with strep throat while taking the antibiotic medication? Experiencing re-emerging sore throat and white dots on tonsils

Probably not: You must take any antibiotic exactly as prescribed. If you miss doses you may have a super bug that is resistant to the antibiotic. Go back to your doctor for a recheck. ...Read more

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My kid is 3 y old . He is feverish with sore throat . He is on antibiotic and antipyritic . Now he is saying that he have pain in his penis .?

My kid is 3 y old . He is feverish with sore throat . He is on antibiotic and antipyritic . Now he is saying that he have pain in his penis .?

Any other problemes.: Pain in the penis is usually not due to the penis. It more often is due to pelvic muscle spasms due to constipation or bladder hyperactivity. Often giving a child a laxative will improve things. Rarely, the pain may be due to a kidney stone. If he has other problems beside the pain, see his pediatertrion. ...Read more

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Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis ? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Can a sore throat be a sign of bacterial meningitis ? Doctor just looked at my throat and gave me an antibiotic.

Sore throat: By itself, a sore throat is unlikely to indicate meningitis. It usually indicates a virus or GAS. It is likely you would have other symptoms. If you are worried about the possibility, see you doctor. All the best. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more