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Dr. Al Hegab
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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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How to get rid of strep throat fast without an antibiotic?

You can't: If you have actually been diagnosed with strep throat (with a test....It can't be accurately diagnosed by looking at it), then it is really important to clear it up with an antibiotic. The bacteria that causes strep throat can cause other problems with your kidneys or heart, and no alternative medicine will prevent those problems from happening. ...Read more

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I have strep throat and have been on the antibiotic for a little over 24 hours. Can I kiss my boyfriend and have oral sex without giving it to him now?

I have strep throat and have been on the antibiotic for a little over 24 hours. Can I kiss my boyfriend and have oral sex without giving it to him now?

Depends: Most consider 24 hours on meds enough to consider you not contagious. However, this is generally what we use in discussing public settings.For deep kissing or intense exposure it might be good to give it an extra day or two. ...Read more

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I have strep throat. I started my antibiotic on tuesday. I still see the white spots in the back of my throat, can I scrap it out without reactivating?

I have strep throat. I started my antibiotic on tuesday. I still see the white spots in the back of my throat, can I scrap it out without reactivating?

Be patient: The material you see is just debris and will shed over time with resumption of better feeding activity/roughage ingestion. The less you tinker with the area the less likely you are to introduce other germs into the already irritated area, some of which will not be killed off by an antibiotic you are using.An abscess could form requiring urgent surgical decompression. ...Read more

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Is it really necessary to get an antibiotic for strep throat or can I let my body fight it naturally?

Is it really necessary to get an antibiotic for strep throat or can I let my body fight it naturally?

Do You Feel Lucky?: The problem with strep throat untreated with antibiotics is the possibility of permanent heart damage, arthritis, kidney problems and more.These complications will not occur with a course of antibiotics. So do you feel like gambling...? ...Read more

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Will strep throat go away on its on, or do you have to take an antibiotic?

You MUST...: ...Take antibiotics for strep throat. The symptoms will go away on their own. The reason we treat strep throat is to avoid complications like damage to your heart and kidneys. There is no alternative medical treatment (homeopathy, herbs, etc.). When i was in homeopathy class, one of my classmates asked the instructor how to homeopathically treat strep; he said "use penicillin.". ...Read more

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Hi i was it has been a week i been diagnose with strep throat it seems the antibiotic not working do I need a stronger one?

Hi i was it has been a week i been diagnose with strep throat  it seems the antibiotic not working  do I need a stronger one?

May be other factors: People can have a viral infection and or mono and test positive for strep at the same time. Strep are universally killed by the penicillin group of abx while occasional resistance to erythromycin/zithromax have been reported. If you have a dual infection chenging abx won't help. If on a penicillin drug, you need to complete it. ...Read more

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What is the recommended antibiotic for strep throat?

What is the recommended antibiotic for strep throat?

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

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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


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