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Is Strep Throat A Bacteria
Strep antibiotics: Another medication - are you taking one right now? The antibiotic of choice for strep throat is Penicillin VK (most potent and cheapest) and its derivatives. If allergic to it, other choices are the Erythromycin group, Cipro (ciprofloxacin) group, cephalosporin group. The last group should be taken with caution as there could be an associated cross-allergy in 10% of people. ...Read more
Definitions: "strep" throat is always bacterial because that term refers to the bacterium streptococcus pneumoniae. Everything else is a sore throat but is not 'strep'. Yes, you can have viral and bacterial in the throat at the same time but, this is not very common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: If you really have a strep throat it will usually get better without antibiotic treatment in about 7 days but you then run the risk of developing the serious post-streptococcal sequella of glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever. To prevent this risk you need to take a full 10 days of a penicillin antibiotic. Symptomatic treatments include throat lozenges, cepacol throat spray and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Where could my 16 yr old daughter have gotten the pseudonomas bacteria? A strep throat culture came back positive for it.
Could I have necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) by getting head from someone with strep throat?
Unlikely: That sounds extremely unlikely! always use protection with any sexual activity. ...Read more
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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