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Can You Get Strep Throat While On Antibiotics?

Can You Get Strep Throat While On Antibiotics?

Yes: Hannah, Not all antibiotics treat strep. Depending which antibiotic you are on, you could definitely get strep while on antibiotics. If you feel that you have strep, visit your doctor. Hope this helps!

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Antibiotic (Definition)

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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...?

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I have an antibiotic for my strep throat but if my partner sleeps in the same bed as me is he likely to get it too?

I have an antibiotic for my strep throat but if my partner sleeps in the same bed as me is he likely to get it too?

PERHAPS: Avoiding close contact such as kissing and careful attention to handwashing should significantly reduce the risk.

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I am allergic to every antibiotic I've had. Strep throat is going around and I'm worried I am going to get it. Can I be treated if I get strep throat?

I am allergic to every antibiotic I've had. Strep throat is going around and I'm worried I am going to get it. Can I be treated if I get strep throat?

Hard to say: You didn't list the antibiotics or what makes you think it was an allergic reaction. Many adults who have had spots or other reactions after an antibiotic but allergy testing proves they are not allergic. You should find out. Many meds can treat strep. Although you can feel better after strep without antibiotics, you remain at risk for rheumatic fever & passing it to others.

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

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.

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Can I get an antibiotic for my strep throat with out going to the doctor please help I'm in pain.!?

Can I get an antibiotic for my strep throat with out going to the doctor please help I'm in pain.!?

No: You need to see the doctor and make sure it is strep. Antibiotics only help strep not viruses. See the answer for symptomatic pain relif.

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Taking antiobiotics for strep throat every 12 hours. I accidently left them at work and won't be able to get them until tomorrow. Complications?!

Taking antiobiotics for strep throat every 12 hours. I accidently left them at work and won't be able to get them until tomorrow. Complications?!

Possibly: If you skip one or more doses, the antibiotic may not be as effective and the bacteria may become resistant. Best thing to do is to call your Dr.'s answering service and when the on call Dr. Calls back, ask if they can call in one dose for you to take tonight. Then take your morning dose as soon as you get to work tomorrow AM. Good luck!

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What type of antibiotic you use for strep throat?

What type of antibiotic you use for strep throat?

Penicillin: Penicillin or Penicillin related first line. A quinolone may be used if allergic to Penicillin. Clindamycin is used for recurrent Strep throat.

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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.

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I had a strep throat. I already take antibiotic but still doesn't work?

I had a strep throat. I already take antibiotic but still doesn't work?

Strep throat: What do you mean exactly? Did you take an antibiotic specifically prescribed to treat your strep? Not all antibiotics work well against strep.

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

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.".

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How long before the strep throat antibiotic shot is recieved will I feel better?

Antibiotics: It won't be immediate, but usually within 1-2 days, you should start to feel some improvement. If you don't, you should be seen by your provider. In this case, your infection could possibly resistant to the antibiotics and you would need to be given another one.

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Is it possible to still have strep throat even after you are done taking antibiotic?

Is it possible to still have strep throat even after you are done taking antibiotic?

Yes, it is.: It is possible, but not likely. Amoxicillin generally works well for strep. However, once you are finished with the antibiotic, you are susceptible to getting it again...usually from another infected person. Occasionally, there is a resistant strain that requires a different antibiotic. If you are still not feeling well, you also may have a virus, such as mono. You should call your doctor.

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My son was diagnosed with group c strep throat. He is coughing now. Does he need an antibiotic?

My son was diagnosed with group c strep throat. He is coughing now. Does he need an antibiotic?

Depends: Strep A is primarily treated with antibiotics to prevent a later transition that some have to Rheumatic fever.This condition can injure the heart, brain while some have kidney damage. Strep C does not have this potential and in many will produce a mild self healing process. If it were moderate or severe antibiotics might be indicated to aid the body in reducing/clearing the infection.

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Is it ok to have alcochol if I have chronic strep throat an not taking any antibiotic for the holidays?

Is it ok to have alcochol if I have chronic strep throat an not taking any antibiotic for the holidays?

Drinking: This is a very general response. First people should be a legal age to drink. If one had a chronic condition and was not symptomatic ; not having a fever, cough or active sore throat the occasional alcoholic beverage would not be of concern. But I emphasized the occasional drink. Of course you already know if I taking medication not a good idea.

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Hi it been a week I been diagnose with strep throat still haven't gone away even with antibiotic should I worry?

Sore throat: First, who examined? Did anyone evaluate for a peritonsillar abscess? And did they do a monospot? Many 'strep throats' are actually mono, which while strep bacteria may be present in a culture, the strep isn't the cause of symptoms. If it's mono, an ebv panel might help, but the treatment is rest and no Aspirin if it is.

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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.

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