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How long does it take for a sore throat to heal without antibiotics?

How long does it take for a sore throat to heal without antibiotics?

Good question-: Knowing that a majority of sore throats are caused by viral (not bacterial) infections, antibiotics will not work . Give it about a week for your body's immune system to deal with it. Supportive mgmt may help. However, if it doesn't get better, symptoms worsen, you can't swallow or take anything by mouth, your breathing is affected, or you feel absolutely terrible, call your doctor immediately. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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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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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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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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Had a very mild sore throat it gets little pain yawning mild swallowing I didn't take anbiotic after 5 days looks fine but scared from rheumatic fever?

Had a very mild sore throat it gets little pain yawning mild swallowing I didn't take anbiotic after 5 days looks fine but scared from rheumatic fever?

Don't worry...: 80% of sore throats are caused by virus and need no treatment. Strep throat will not get better on its own without antibiotics as yours did, which just supports the fact it is likely from a virus. Your sore throat is gone - and also any risk of rheumatic fever. ...Read more

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Can I take anti histamine ,anti biotic,paracetamol, rebrapazol (gastric problem)together?? I have skin reaction(swelling and itching), sore throat

Can I take anti histamine ,anti biotic,paracetamol, rebrapazol  (gastric problem)together??

I have skin reaction(swelling  and itching), sore throat

LOTS OF MEDICATIONS!: I WOULD HAVE TO KNOW WHICH ANTIHISTAMINE, AND WHICH ANTIBIOTIC. SEE A DERMATOLOGIST AND HAVE HIM LOOK IN THE FOLLOWING: "DRUG ERUPTION REFERENCE MANUAL." MOST OF THE ANSWERS WILL BE IN THERE. GOOD LUCK ...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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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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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 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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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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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?

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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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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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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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

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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