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Coming Off Penicillin
Doxycycline: Doxycycline for 2-4 weeks is recommended if penicillin cannot be given, or sometimes ceftriaxone. However, penicillin is by far the best drug. If you had a severe penicillin allergy in the past, then probably penicillin should be avoided. Otherwise, it still might be the best choice for you. Discuss it with your doctor or, even better, an infectious diseases or STD specialist. ...Read more
My 5 yr old has now had 4 course of penicillin for a recurring sore throat/ strep. Looks like his coming down with it again. Anymore explications?
Carrier vs resistent: Many times a recurrent symptomatic strep can be resolved by a 2 step treatment, a penicillin or cephalosporin followed on the last 4 days by using rifampin. If this works, fine. If you are testing + for strep but not sick with it, you could be a carrier ; the 2 step may help but not stop returning to carrier status.5 documented strep/yr will get the attention of many ent's ; a tonsil removal. ...Read more
I have strep throat, went to the ER and got the Penicillin vaccine. I've been coughing up infection and it's coming out of my sinus'?
Need more antibiotic: possibly. I am guessing they gave you an injection of Penicillin antibiotics. Did they give you a written Rx for more antibiotics when you were discharged? If not or you feel like your symptoms are not improving, you need to see your PCP or urgent care for them to re-evaluate you and determine if you need a course of oral antibiotics for ongoing infection as it sounds like this is the case. ...Read more
Question unclear: If you mean how long to begin to have improvement of symptoms it may take some time because they are often the result of the body's reaction to the organism. Also depends upon what the pcn is treating. If strep throat, never. Pcn begins to inhibit the growth of bacteria and then the wbcs help finish the job. This is complex. ...Read more
Varies: Some reactions are mild, such as hives alone. Others are more serious, with breathing problems and blood pressure drop. Some reactions (like some kinds of rashes) are not actually allergies, but different reactions that may or may not recur when you take the medicine. While it may be easier to just avoid penicillin, if it's important, you can find out if you have a "true" allergy by testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Anaphylactic shock can only occur while you are actively exposed to the thing you are allergic too. It will not happen months after an exposure. It is more likey that an accidental exposure occurred with out the person realizing it.If they had a reaction with out a known exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Penicillin: The term "penicillin" is often used generically to refer to benzylpenicillin (penicillin g), procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin), benzathine benzylpenicillin (benzathine penicillin), and phenoxymethylpenicillin (penicillin v). Procaine penicillin and benzathine penicillin have the same antibacterial activity as benzylpenicillin but act for a longer span of time. Phenoxymethylpenicilli. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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