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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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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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What is the procedure and cost for receiving an antibiotic for an adult with severe sore throat?

What is the procedure and cost for receiving an antibiotic for an adult with severe sore throat?

Doctor checks first: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Typically, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep infection). Doctors usually have a rapid 5-minute strep swab test in clinics. ...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 a really sore throat and fever, can I use the antibiotic ciploxx 500 for this?

I have a really sore throat and fever, can I use the antibiotic ciploxx 500 for this?

The most: Common cause of a sore throat along with a fever is a VIRAL upper respiratory illness which will NOT respond to an antibiotic. If you have a bacterial infection of your throat (Streptococcal or Pneumococcal) an antibiotic may be effective! It is best NOT to use antibiotics without a health professional's input!
Hope this helps!
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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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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

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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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Yesterday went to doc for sore throat, cough and fever. Given meds including antibiotic. Today I have chest pain when cough. What can I do for it.?

Yesterday went to doc for sore throat, cough and fever. Given meds including antibiotic. Today I have chest pain when cough. What can I do for it.?

Possibilities...: This type of chest discomfort, occurring with cough and deep breathing, is usually musculoskeletal in origin. It will improve once the cough resolves. In the meantime, local heat to the area and Motrin are ways to get symptomatic relief. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have mid sternum pain and sore throat for around 4mth. The sore throat goes and come back after taking antibiotic. No reflux, xray is normal too?

Gut dysbiosis: You may have gut dysbiosis which is bacteria overgrowth or yeast that is causing irritation in the esophagus. The antibiotic that you took killed off the good protective bacteria in your GI tract. I would recommend that you take the best highest quality probiotic that you can find for at least 2- 3 months. ...Read more

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Fever 100-102°f & vomit since 4days doctor diagnosed it with bad/sore throat & prescribed antibiotic. I'm taking 3 doze daily since 2 days. Still same?

Fever 100-102°f & vomit since 4days doctor diagnosed it with bad/sore throat & prescribed antibiotic. I'm taking 3 doze daily since 2 days. Still same?

Some possibilities..: Usually, one sees the doctor again in such a situation. Some possibilities are: the illness is not bacterial so the antibiotic would not work, there is an abscess somewhere which is hard for the oral antibiotic to get into, the illness is bacterial but the germ is resistant to the antibiotic being taken, the antibiotic is counterfeit (in foreign countries), the antibiotic dose is too small, etc.. ...Read more

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Sore throat, hurts when I swallow. No fever, im taking meds 4 a uti. Should I tell my dr, so I can get some penicillin, or should antibiotic for UTI help?

Sore throat, hurts when I swallow. No fever, im taking meds 4 a uti. Should I tell my dr, so I can get some penicillin, or should antibiotic for UTI help?

Maybe: First of all, this is more likely viral than bacterial so antibiotics may not help. If it is bacterial, then the antibiotics you are taking for the UTI may be adequate for the throat infection, but you need to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is causing me to break out in hives? Well I don't have health insurance and I've had strep throat since sunday. For the strep throat I've taken some left over doxycycline since it is an antibiotic. My sore throat is clearing up, but I've broken out I

What is causing me to break out in hives? Well I don't have health insurance and I've had strep throat since sunday. For the strep throat I've taken some left over doxycycline since it is an antibiotic. My sore throat is clearing up, but I've broken out I

There: There are two possibilities here: #1.-you likely did not have a strep infection, but a viral pharyngitis (throat infection) and you are feeling better because time has passed, not from the antibiotics, a mere coincidence. With viral pharyngitis you can develop a viral exanthem (rash) towards the end of the infectious process. This is self limiting.
#2.- you have strep that is resistant to doxycline and know you have developed scarlet fever (rash)
if this is the case you will need a change of medication.
I recommend you find a low or no cost clinic in your area and schedule a visit. Lastly, remember it is never wise to self treat with antibiotics.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Sore throat, runny nose, malaise since 3 days! Will resolve spontaneously if viral! How do I know for sure that it's viral & not bacterial? Antibiotic?

Sore throat, runny nose, malaise since 3 days! Will resolve spontaneously if viral! How do I know for sure that it's viral & not bacterial? Antibiotic?

Resolving Strep/Uri: Both strep infection of the throat and/or uris will resolve in an otherwise healthy patient. Taking an appropriate antibiotic may shorten the course slightly, but know abx are intended to prevent the complications of strep eg, rheumatic fever or glomerulonephritis. Giving an abx to people with colds, green runny noses, a few days of sinus congestion isn't helpful and is potentially harmful. ...Read more

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Have sore throat, runny nose (clear fluid) for a week. Got antibiotic (cefdinir) from dr. Took only 2 pills. Think only have virus, Is it ok to stop?

Have sore throat, runny nose (clear fluid) for a week. Got antibiotic (cefdinir) from dr. Took only 2 pills. Think only have virus, Is it ok to stop?

Call the doctor: Although you may be right, I strongly recommend you don't stop your medication without informing your doctor. He/she certainly has more knowledge about your current condition, so the doctor needs to be involved. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

Find another doctor: I would treat you with antibiotics. Even if your primary infection is viral I have found that antibiotics can help prevent bacterial superinfection. ...Read more

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Really bad cough and sore throat, doc gave me antibiotic. Would drinking sleep time tea be okay? I also take enalapril and synthroid (thyroxine).

Really bad cough and sore throat, doc gave me antibiotic. Would drinking sleep time tea be okay? I also take enalapril and synthroid (thyroxine).

Sleep time: Drinking tea at sleep time is OK.
However, if your cough and sore throat is not getting better after one week of the antibiotic, go back to your doctor who will examine you and likely prescribe a different med. ...Read more

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I have ear ache (to a point where it gets blocked), with blocked nose (sneezing) and sore throat (coughing). Would general medlemon help or should I go to my GP and get an antibiotic?

Try something else: I believe that some of the over the counter medications can make certain symptoms worse by thickening the secretions and preventing it from draining out of the middle ear and sinusses. Perhaps a nasal decongestant spray, anti-inflamatory tablet and rest with good hydration is a better option. Your symptoms are likely the result of a viral infection, so antibiotics will not be effective. ...Read more

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Persistant sore throat after 2 diff antiboitic. It goes away then comes back. Any ideas?

Persistant sore throat after 2 diff antiboitic. It goes away then comes back. Any ideas?

Sore throat recurs: Stop smoking. Cultures if possible of any phlegm or sputum should also guide therapy if a reliable one can be obtained. Sometimes a persistent sinus infection may cause this, and an extended antibiotic course may be necessary to eradicate. If still no luck careful exam of upper airway, nose, sinuses, with search for anatomic problems (drainage pathways, etc) may be necessary. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat for two weeks. I've been on an antiobiotic for 5 days but it isn't touching the sore throat. How can I get rid of this?

I have had a sore throat for two weeks. I've been on an antiobiotic for 5 days but it isn't touching the sore throat. How can I get rid of this?

Pharyngitis: The antibiotic may be dealing with the bacteria but your throat may still be uncomfortable due to inflammation and swelling of the tissue. Try taking tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. You can also spray your throat with chloraseptic spray followed by gargling with the orange purple or clear listerine. ...Read more

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21 F. Had sore throat a month ago. Took anti biotics but still have bilaterally palpable submandibular lymph nodes! Not very tender. Pellet like.

21 F. Had sore throat a month ago. Took anti biotics but still have bilaterally palpable submandibular lymph nodes! Not very tender. Pellet like.

Common: The lymph nodes enlarge during acute infection. And after reduce in size. They will continue to fluctuate in size whenever infection or irritation occur. They will be palpable but shouldn't be tender unless ailment causes them to enlarge ...Read more

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Have serve sore throat congestion fever can't breath. Been on antibotic for a month why am I sick?

Have serve sore throat congestion fever can't breath. Been on antibotic for a month why am I sick?

Why sick...: Hello, your problem should have been resolved. If it persists for a month, you need to follow up with your doctor. A peritonsillar abscess could be present. If this is the case, you should see an ENT doctor for a second opinion. ...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


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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