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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. ...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


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I haven't taken the rest of the antibiotics for over two weeks now, would they work if I just finished them now after two weeks or would I need to go back to my local doctors to get new treatment?

Yes: You should take as directed. If no symptoms after two weeks is generally OK and unless it's specific type infection your doctor says needs to finish treatment. Specific advice from your doctor ...Read more

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I have a splinter near my butt and I don't wanna try to get it out or go to the doctor so what do I do? Can I but antibiotic ointment and a bandaid!

I have a splinter near my butt and I don't wanna try to get it out or go to the doctor so what do I do? Can I but antibiotic ointment and a bandaid!

See a doc: Splinters can become infected, especially in an area that has a high bacterial count (anus or inter gluteal crease)
this can lead to cellulitis or abscess.
Also a doctor may have topical or local anesthesia that can make the excision more comfortable. ...Read more

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Just asked doctors on here a question, and he said you need antibiotics, went to the hospital to get some, they wouldn't prescribe me any, I need them?

Just asked doctors on here a question, and he said you need antibiotics, went to the hospital to get some, they wouldn't prescribe me any, I need them?

Need more info but..: I don't know why a doctor here advised antibiotics, but I would trust the judgement of a doctor who got to talk to you in detail & examine you over the advice of someone who has never seen you & has very limited information. Antibiotics are powerful medicines with potential for serious side effects & are often prescribed unnecessarily! Tell me why the doc here advised antibiotics for more advice! ...Read more

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I don't have access anytime soon to a doctor to get antibiotic. I have this otitis which hurts a lot. How long will it stay and will it end by waiting?

I don't have access anytime soon to a doctor to get antibiotic. I have this otitis which hurts a lot. How long will it stay and will it end by waiting?

Ear pain: You don't give any details. If you have swimmers ear several drops several times a day will give you relief. If you pull on your ear lobe and it hurts, that could indicate otitis externa. If you've had a cold or URI you may have a middle ear infection as a result. In that case lie on a heating pad and take ibuprofen. Ear infection are self limiting and may cease after a few days. ...Read more

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Can I get a antibiotic to cure UTI without seeing a doctor?

Can I get a antibiotic to cure UTI without seeing a doctor?

Depends: If you and your pcp have a good relationship and he/she knows your and your conditon (s) and is trusting of your history, etc, then the doctor may feel comfortable calling in a prescription for you with some cautions and follow up. Otherwise, no! Antibiotics are not over the counter and unless you know what you are taking, prescribing for and what the cause is, it is dangerous for you. Don't! ...Read more

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Besides going to the doctors and taking antibiotics, what are some good ways to get rid of a fever fast?

Besides going to the doctors and taking antibiotics, what are some good ways to get rid of a fever fast?

See below: To just get rid of a fever you can take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen. Sponge baths will also bring down a fever. These treatments will do nothing to treat the underlying cause of the fever. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a super sore throat on one side, and a very enlarged gland on that same side. Should I go to the doc and get antibiotics or wait and see?

Hi, I have a super sore throat on one side, and a very enlarged gland on that same side. Should I go to the doc and get antibiotics or wait and see?

I think you: Should see a doctor, especially if you have fever or difficulty swallowing or opening your mouth. It could be strep throat or even abscess. Most sore throats get better, but your lymph node enlargement could be concerning. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should you get retested for an STD after taking antibiotics?

Doctors can you tell me when should you get retested for an STD after taking antibiotics?

Depends: It depends on the std that you've been treated for. Most clinicians don't require a retest, but if you're worried, I would definitely request it. You can consider retesting a week or two after completion of your antibiotic. Here's a great link to the cdc's website re chlamydia/gonorrhea: http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/treatment/2010/qanda/retesting. Htm. ...Read more

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Had root canal late march, gums still sore. Went back to root canal doctor early June, he gave more antibiotic, still sore, to sore to get crown?

Had root canal late march, gums still sore. Went back to root canal doctor early June, he gave more antibiotic, still sore, to sore to get crown?

Root canal pain: Wait until the tooth is pain free before you have the crown made. We can't diagnose the problem. The dentist who did the root canal should give you a reason for the prolonged pain. A second opinion can help, you get an answer. See an endodontist for this. ...Read more

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If I get infection from ear piercing and my doc gives me oral antibiotics, will the piercing heal? Or do I need to take out my earring? Thank you.

If I get infection from ear piercing and my doc gives me oral antibiotics, will the piercing heal? Or do I need to take out my earring? Thank you.

Foreign bodies...: ...In skin make it easier to develop an infection, and harder to cure it. One thing to try before removing the piercing is switching to a titanium earring; they are even less irritating than high-carat gold. ...Read more

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Done had 2 upper respiratory infections this fall had to get on antibiotics from doc. Multi vitamins from Walgreens fail to prevent it what good take?

Done had 2 upper respiratory infections this fall had to get on antibiotics from doc. Multi vitamins from Walgreens fail to prevent it what good take?

Find a better Dr: No vitamins have any effect on this. In fact most people get full nutrition from food and derive no benefit from vitamin pills. "Upper respiratory" infection is far too broad. Most URI are viral and do not respond to antibiotics. We all get them. Do you smoke? Asthma? How bad were they? Get a FLU SHOT. ...Read more

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Have a very sore throat and chest. I want to avoid urgent care bc im sick. Can I pay to see doc on here & get prescription antibiotic for this?

Have a very sore throat and chest. I want to avoid urgent care bc im sick. Can I pay to see doc on here & get prescription antibiotic for this?

Try our other forum: Try HealthTap Prime, one of our premium services. On PRIME, doctors see and treat you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can send photos or test results during the consultation. Prime can be accessed from anywhere, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. (The fee is the same, REGARDLESS of whether or not the doctor thinks you should get a prescription without an in-person exam.) ...Read more

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How can u get the antibiotics prescribe to me without going to the doctor. For the bacterial infection?

How can u get the antibiotics prescribe to me without going to the doctor. For the bacterial infection?

You can't: That is not how it works. You need a diagnosis. And the professional offering you their care must be paid. They do not get their staff, offices, liability and malpractice insurance for free. ...Read more

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I am sick, and can't afford to see a doctor right now, how can I get antibiotics?

Don't do this: Antibiotics may not be necessary and are potentially quite dangerous with numerous complications and induction of allergic reactions. On top of that, without knowing what you are sick with you may not need these at all. Go to a local clinic if necessary, or depending upon what your symptoms are, wait it out and get better on your own. ...Read more

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How can I get antibiotics for a tooth infection without having a doctor? Er and dentist are too expensive.

How can I get antibiotics for a tooth infection without having a doctor? Er and dentist are too expensive.

Cost vs benefit: I agree with most of the other answers. You will only be able to get an antibiotic from a licensed professional. Taking an antibiotic for a tooth abscess will not solve the problem but only mask it for a while. And when it comes back it may be worse than before and require hospitalization. I imagine that will cost even more. ...Read more

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I have had a uti for 2 weeks now and I can't afford to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. Help?

I have had a uti for 2 weeks now and I can't afford to go to a doctor to get antibiotics. Help?

UTI treatment: Tough situation. Drink a whole bunch of fluids. Taking foods that will acidify your urine such as very large quantities of cranberry juice. Look into possible homeopathic treatments available through your local pharmacy but talk with your pharmacist first and get her/his advice also. Though are my thoughts right off the top-of-my-head. ...Read more

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If I have an upper respotory infection (assuming since that's what everyone has) do I need to go to the doctor to get antibiotics before it goes away?

If I have an upper respotory infection (assuming since that's what everyone has) do I need to go to the doctor to get antibiotics before it goes away?

URI: If you have a typical URI the chances are very good that this is viral and antibiotics would not only be ineffective but would subject you to the potential for severe unwarranted complications. If you only have a sore throat you might want to be seen and tested for grp a strep infection. ...Read more

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When I cough some yello phlegm goes out. Does that mean that I need to go to the doctor to get some antibiotics?

When I cough some yello phlegm goes out. Does that mean that I need to go to the doctor to get some antibiotics?

Cough: The occasional production of yellow phlegm may indicate infection, but the picture need to be viewed in entirety. If there is fever, productive cough, and malaise which persists, then you ought to visit your doctor. The occasional production of yellow phlegm does not, in itself, indicate the need for antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have had pleurisy and had antibiotics a doctor says its gone but it still hurts should I get an X-ray done?

Pleurisy: A chest x-ray would certainly be justified is suspecting bacterial as the cause of your pleurisy. Bacterial infections are one of many things that can cause pleurisy and many conditions are not technically pleurisy but can present as such. If symptoms are ongoing, discuss possibilities with your doctor. ...Read more