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For how long does strep throat last while taking antibiotics.?

For how long does strep throat last while taking antibiotics.?

24 hours: Usually within 24 hours of starting antibiotics one is no longer contagious. It is important to take all 10 days of antibiotic to completely resolve it and prevent it returning. ...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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How long does vomiting with strep throat last once antibiotics have been started? (My daughter is 11 mos. old and had a pos. strep test last night.)

How long does vomiting with strep throat last once antibiotics have been started? (My daughter is 11 mos. old and had a pos. strep test last night.)

About a day: If a child has vomiting associated with their strep throat (and not everyone does by any means), it usually settles down about 24 hours after the first dose of medicine is taken. The two big things are if she is keeping down the medicine and keeping herself hydrated. If both of those things are happening, try to wait it out. If not, return to doctor for re-evaluation and alternatives, such as shot ...Read more

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How long does strep throat last with anti-biotics (co-amoxiclav) I almost have it for 3 days and the pain is still there?

How long does strep throat last with anti-biotics (co-amoxiclav) I almost have it for 3 days and the pain is still there?

Wait about 3 days: Streptococcus should respond to Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) within a week. However, if you do not get better, have a culture and sensitivity performed from a throat culture. That is the only scientific method to determine if the antibiotic will be successful. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How long does vomiting with strep throat generally last once antibiotics have been started? (My daughter is almost one year old.)

How long does vomiting with strep throat generally last once antibiotics have been started? (My daughter is almost one year old.)

About a day: If a child has vomiting associated with their strep throat (and not everyone does by any means), it usually settles down about 24 hours after the first dose of medicine is taken. The two big things are if she is keeping down the medicine and keeping herself hydrated. If both of those things are happening, try to wait it out. If not, return to doctor for re-evaluation and alternatives, such as shot ...Read more

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How much time does strep throat last after taking anti-biotics?

How much time does strep throat last after taking anti-biotics?

Confusing question: You are considered contagious for 24 hours after starting antibiotics. The duration of your personal symptoms may vary, some a few days , many a week or more.Persistence of symptoms after this point suggest a co-infection with another agent, possibly viral. ...Read more

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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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I had a strep throat. I already take antibiotic but still doesnt 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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 antibiotic works best if im allergic to pennicillan and have strep throat?

What antibiotic works best if im allergic to pennicillan and have strep throat?

Keflex: First, be sure you are really (or still) allergic to penicillin. Second, make sure you really have strep throat (some people have strep in their throat all the time!). Then your doctor can choose from several different cephalosporins. The cheapest one is the generic form of keflex. Zithromax is a distant third choice because rarely the bacteria are resistant. ...Read more

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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


Strep Throat (Definition)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds ...Read more