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Best Antibiotic For Strep Throat In Adults
The very first one: Most medical guidelines recommend penicillin as the first line agent to treat strep throat. However, i feel that Amoxicillin ( a derivative of penicillin) is more often prescribed simply because it is more tolerable/less side effects. This is debatable. It is important to treat strep pharyngitis as it can cause an array of medical problems down the line in the form of rhematic fever. ...Read more
Penicillin still #1: Despite being the oldest antibiotic, it is still the medicine of choice for treating strep throat infection. It is not 100%, but still the "standard of care." it is sometime not used because of penicillin allergies or because of younger age (adolescent/teen-more difficult with schedule--school/sports etc) due to required frequency of use --4x/day for 10 days.. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Resistance to drugs: Strep can be resistant to a great number of antibiotics that is the problem partially caused by the overuse of antibiotic for unnecessary treatments strep use to be best treated with Ampicillin but has become in many cases resistant. Only if your child is allergic to penicillin would Erythromycin or cephalosporin be used. The first choice is Ampicillin and if that is not working a switchto amox. ...Read more
Is another swab test necessary after finishing antibiotics course in toddlers for strep throat to make sure strep is gone?
I never do it: Toddlers can carry strep around and never get sick from it, so presence in their throat is not definite sign of disease.The penicillin drugs used to treat strep kill it, and stop the body from creating the antibodies that trigger rheumatic fever. If a toddler comes in with fever & a raw throat I will treat a positive strep, but do not test again unless the kid comes back sick again. ...Read more
Dosing: Why are you asking? If there are concerns speak with the pharmacist or the prescribing doctor ...Read more
Need doc recommendations for augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or amoxicillin, which is best for treatment of cough in children?
Is it possible that a child has strep throat and the adults around the child only get throat infections without the strep bacteria?
For strep throat, 5-days zithromax is easy to use. Are doctors seeing some antibiotic resistance? What's being used other than zithro, amoxil, (amoxicillin) or pcn?
Rare: There has been rare reported resistance to zithromycin (zithromax). Resistant strains were found back in 2002 in pittsburgh when 46 cases were demonstrated in a group of schoolchildren and scattered cases have been seen in multiple locales since then. Cephalosporins are useful and also used in strep carrier states too. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Is the Pneumococcal vaccine, either kind, effective for frequent strep throats? Can it cause die-off reactions from the strep bacteria?
Yes: but it is not a first line antibiotic for strep which is usually sensitive to amoxicillin or penicillin. Clindamycin should be reserved for unusual situations in which the infection does not respond to other antibiotics. Best to save it so that resistance to clindamycin does not develop. ...Read more
Not possible: Dr. Lawson's repl is exactly right. I'll add that there is no way to diagnose oral chlamydia except by throat swab. However, such testing isn't generally recommended anyway. Although chlamydia can be found in the throat, that's rarely the only site of infection. And if you have genital chlamydia, the treatment will take care of an oral infection if present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help plz! Is there an antibiotic that will treat both Group A Strep and Group B Strep? Pregnant with UTI from GBS AND have Strep throat at same time.
Strept throat.: Recommendation is that treatment for strept throat be given only is strept test is +. ...Read more
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
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