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I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

Not a good choice: Levaquin is a broad spectrum antibiotic and usually preferred for more serious infections. Strep throat is usually still amenable to most first generation antibiotics. Being allergic to penicillin suggests u shd try a cephalosporin which shd help. Resistant to Biaxin (clarithromycin) is unlikely and erythromycins may still work. Relatively safer medications like clindamycin also exist. ...Read more

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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


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I saw a doctor yesterday and was diagnosed with pharyngitis. Still waiting for strep throat culture to come back. Pain is worst. Can hardly swallow.?

I saw a doctor yesterday and was diagnosed with pharyngitis. Still waiting for strep throat culture to come back. Pain is worst. Can hardly swallow.?

Can be other things.: Strep is not the only cause of pharyngitis. Herpes simplex, chlamydia, ebv, corynebacterium diptheriae, and many others can also cause it. That is one reason why the strep check swab is done, as well as a strep culture. Your doctor should be able to do this/should have done this rapid check so you can start treatment if positive. See your doctor soon if it gets worse for empiric treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have strep or pharyngitis? I have checked for redness and white spots on my throat, but it seems like a subtle redness. How obvious is strep?

Do I have strep or pharyngitis? I have checked for redness and white spots on my throat, but it seems like a subtle redness. How obvious is strep?

It is not always: Obvious. The beefy red, enlarged tonsils with purulent exudates and swollen lymph nodes don't always occur. A strep throat test/ culture will allow you to know for sure. ...Read more

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I had pharyngitis two weeks ago and now im feeling congested and my throat hurts a lot with a little nausea strep was ruled out by the doctor?

I had pharyngitis two weeks ago and now im feeling congested and my throat hurts a lot with a little nausea strep was ruled out by the doctor?

You can always: have another bacterial infection that is not Streptococcus. Perhaps you had some antibiotics given two weeks ago? Or if not, then you may need some at this point if there is bacterial suprainfection. You need to see your doctor again for re-examination and proper diagnosis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can levofloxin be used to treat a strep throat infection? Are there better choices? I am allergic to penicillin and tetracylinces.

Can levofloxin be used to treat a strep throat infection?  Are there better choices?  I am allergic to penicillin and tetracylinces.

Yes: Strep throat is due to a Gram positive bacteria. Levofloxin can treat that as well as many Gram negative bacteria. Since you are allergic to PCN and Tetracycline this is a logical choice. ...Read more

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How many days should my husband take Ampicillin for his Strep throat infection? Its 500mg.

How many days should my husband take Ampicillin for his Strep throat infection? Its 500mg.

10 Days +: A minimum of 10 days is a good rule of thumb but it assumes his response is good. Need physician to be sure of good response. Change of drug sometimes required. Antibiotic should be continued several days beyond cure but not less than 10 days total. ...Read more

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What can I do for strep throat infection and rash all over?

What can I do for strep throat infection and rash all over?

Antibiotics: 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. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

Likely a virus: Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics.Use of throat lossenges & sprays help.An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases. ...Read more

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What can result from viral pharyngitis where the back of your throat turns white?

What can result from viral pharyngitis where the back of your throat turns white?

Viral gets better: If you mean you have white spots on your pharynx than it may not be a viral pharyngitis and needs to be checked with throat culture or quich arep test to rule out strep infection
viral pharyngitis gets better and do not have white exudates or spots ...Read more

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I have pharyngitis but i m a bit more good although my throat still hurts can I go to the pool with friends ? And be exposed to sun ... ?

I have pharyngitis but i m a bit more good although my throat still hurts can I go to the pool with friends ? And be exposed to sun ... ?

Sore throat.: It depends on if the pharyngitis you have is strep throat or not. If it is not strep throut then you can do whatever you want to do with friends. ...Read more

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I have viral pharyngitis and my throat is aching should I be worried?

I have viral pharyngitis and my throat is aching should I be worried?

Usually not: Most problems are viral in origin. Then self limited. In certain viruses are persistent like ebv & have sequela as well as mononucleosis but usually are associatd with other problems. It should last 3 to 5 days. If not seek medical care. ...Read more

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Diagnosed at primecare with presumed pharyngitis. Took full zpak, but both sides of throat are still swollen. What's the next step I should take?

Diagnosed at primecare with presumed pharyngitis. Took full zpak, but both sides of throat are still swollen. What's the next step I should take?

Depends..: If no clinical relief......you have Mono. If clinical relief....but partial- wait for 5 days you will be better. Zithromycin starts working after the last pill and continue to work for 5days after it. ...Read more

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I have no voice a huge knot on the right side of my neck and I have excruciating pain in throat. I was diagnosed with pharyngitis how can I get relief?

I have no voice a huge knot on the right side of my neck and I have excruciating pain in throat. I was diagnosed with pharyngitis how can I get relief?

Pharyngitis: If a doctor made a diagnosis then that doctor also prescribed you a treatment based on that diagnosis. Since you have provided no information, not even your age let alone your medical history no response can be provided. Are you 7 or 77? If there is no thoughtful question posted with necessary information, no informative response can be expected. ...Read more

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What are the common germs which cause sore throat pharyngitis?

What are the common germs which cause sore throat pharyngitis?

Germs: The most common is viruses: therefore, antibiotics dont help. Bacterial causes include various types of strep., moraxella, hemophius, bacteroides, staph.
Yeast is also a common cause in patients who have been on recent antibiotics, are debilitated (i.e., nursing home) and people who use steroid oral inhalers for copd, asthma. ...Read more

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It's been a week and half I have pharyngitis but soar throat is gone i can still feel it & i can see it. No probs in eating and swallowing.

Viral: Viral infections can last anywhere from a few days to 2-3 weeks in many cases. Your situations sounds viral. If it does not resolve completely in the next week or so you should touch base with your pcp. ...Read more

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I had pharyngitis months ago. Now i'm feeling some soreness in my throat again and im always coughing. How do I know if this is still pharyngitis?

Allergy: Pharyngitis rarely lasts this long. You could have a new upper respiratory illness, allergies, symptoms of environmental issues like smoke or pollution, asthma, or. Even gerd. More information is required in order to narrow this down. Better yet see an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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When you have pharyngitis is it normal to feel like you have some stuck in your throat? Had steroid shot yesterday an it went away but came back tonig

When you have pharyngitis is it normal to feel like you have some stuck in your throat? Had steroid shot yesterday an it went away but came back tonig

Often: It takes a few days for that persistent scratchiness to go away as your throat heals, gargle with saline, that soothes the throat and can help until all is better... ...Read more

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Does viral pharyngitis cause a lump or tightness in the throat?

Does viral pharyngitis cause a lump or tightness in the throat?

Yes it can,: but so can a lot of other conditions, some of them serious. You should see a doctor to make sure that the tightness will not lead to airway obstruction. ...Read more

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What can I do if my throat is sore when i swallow. Could it just be pharyngitis?

What can I do if my throat is sore when i swallow. Could it just be pharyngitis?

See below: Pharyngitis is, by definition, inflammation of the pharynx. It is most often a viral illness. But strep can always be a possibility. Your doctor can check this if needed. ...Read more

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Is pharyngitis the doctor term of sore throat ? Or is pharyngitis something different ?

Is pharyngitis the doctor term of sore throat ? Or is pharyngitis something different ?

Pharyngitis means: Inflammation of the pharynx, just like appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix or cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. "sore throat" is pretty general, and even as lay terminology could imply a viral pharyngitis or a strep bacterial pharyngitis. You could even have a mechanical pharyngitis from screaming at a sports event, for example. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dry scratchy feeling in my throat and pharyngitis?

Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dry scratchy feeling in my throat and pharyngitis?

See doctor..: If these symptoms are persisting, you need to see your doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms as well as provide the proper treatment. If your symptoms are due to bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics. If it is viral, your symptoms will be improving over time. Drink plenty of liquids! quit smoking if you are a smoker! ...Read more

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First panic attack ever by a feeling of throat closing due to pharyngitis inflammation. Felt like dying. Anxious about death and my baby. Help!

First panic attack ever by a feeling of throat closing due to pharyngitis inflammation. Felt like dying. Anxious about death and my baby. Help!

Psychotherapy: Panic or anxiety caused by difficulty breathing is a common response. If this activated an underlying fear then you must address this fear to be rid of it. This is usually done in psychotherapy. In addition, if necessary, there are medications to help. Seek a mental health professional. ...Read more

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I have a pharyngitis with 7-8 white spots in my throat, do I have to take some specific kind of penicilin , how much per day? My throat achs for aweek

Pharyngitis: It would be important to seek evaluation and treatment by your physician. It could be viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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Frequently i got pharyngitis and throat infection is it due to LPR reflux can LPR cause fever?

Frequently i got pharyngitis and throat infection is it due to LPR reflux can LPR cause fever?

If progressive...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid ; pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, ; even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize your lpr. ...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


Strep Throat (Definition)

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