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Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious after starting antibiotics?

Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious after starting antibiotics?

24 hrs: The standard answer is 24 hours starting with the first dose of antibiotics. This applies to general communicability to the public. There is possibility of passage through intimate contact for a few days. ...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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Is strep throat contagious after bicillin shot?

Is strep throat contagious after bicillin shot?

Depends: Most would consider a patient contagious for a period of 24 hrs after the start of therapy. This would include the shot. After that time, spread is much less likely except with intimate contact. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how contagious is strep throat?

Can you tell me how contagious is strep throat?

Very contagious: Don't kiss cough or share eating utensils with people. Wash your hands often. Gargle with listerine without alcohol several times per day. Use a saline nose spray. If not better in a few days see your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of antibiotic you use for strep throat?

What type of antibiotic you use for strep throat?

Penicillin: Penicillin or Penicillin related first line. A quinolone may be used if allergic to Penicillin. Clindamycin is used for recurrent Strep throat. ...Read more

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What's the best antibiotic for strep throat?

What's the best antibiotic for strep throat?

Penicillin still #1: Despite being the oldest antibiotic, it is still the medicine of choice for treating strep throat infection. It is not 100%, but still the "standard of care." it is sometime not used because of penicillin allergies or because of younger age (adolescent/teen-more difficult with schedule--school/sports etc) due to required frequency of use --4x/day for 10 days.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What can you take for antibiotic resistant strep throat?

What can you take for antibiotic resistant strep throat?

Strep Throat: strep throat is rarely resistant to antibiotics. In case of resistant, high dose amoxil or augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) based on 90mg/kg/day can help to over come the resistant strain ...Read more

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Is zinnat 500mg a good antibiotic for strep throat? Thanks

It will work: Zinnat, Cefuroxime is effective against the Streptococcus that causes sore throat.
Quite often Strep throat doesn't need antibiotics. If it does, Penicillin V is also effective in doses of 250-500mgs four times a day. It is probably the only indication left for oral penicillin. ...Read more

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Positive strep throat culture, is floxacin an antibiotic for this?

Positive strep throat culture, is floxacin an antibiotic for this?

Not one I would use: This class of drugs have a broad range of effects against many types of germs but I find no listing for strep throat. It is not used in kids and rarely used in most simple infections. Since strep is universally sensitive to the penicillins, and other inexpensive medications, it is one I would never use for strep throat. ...Read more

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I'm taking an antibiotic for strep throat. I take it at 10 AM 3 PM and then 8 PM is it OK regiment?

I'm taking an antibiotic for strep throat. I take it at 10 AM 3 PM and then 8 PM is it OK regiment?

Yes: Taking? Amoxicillin twice daily is the recommended interval, based on its metabolism. Taking it three times a day will not hurt but is not necessary. All the best. ...Read more

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Can you catch strep throat from someone if they don't have a fever yet? It was caught early & the fever hadn't developed yet. Is it still contagious?

Can you catch strep throat from someone if they don't have a fever yet? It was caught early & the fever hadn't developed yet. Is it still contagious?

Yes: You can have strep without fever; someone with strep is contagious for about a day before symptoms start until 24-36 hours after appropriate antibiotics are started. ...Read more

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Hey so I just had strep throat and should I wash all my sheets like are they contagious to my family if they use the same blanket I used when I was sick.

Hey so I just had strep throat and should I wash all my sheets like are they contagious to my family if they use the same blanket I used when I was sick.

Strep: Strep is fairly contagious generally spread by droplets but can contaminate towels and sheets. Good hygiene is the best prevention so washing sheets and blankets would be prudent ...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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Is strep throat very contagious?

Yes: Wash your hands, don't share towels or pillows, cover your mouth if you cough, don't touch other people's food and utensils. ...Read more

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Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Docs, usually how long is strep throat contagious?

Contagious: You will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the recommended antibiotic for strep throat?

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 doesn't work?

I had a strep throat. I already take antibiotic but still doesn't 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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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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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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I have an antibiotic for my strep throat but if my partner sleeps in the same bed as me is he likely to get it too?

I have an antibiotic for my strep throat but if my partner sleeps in the same bed as me is he likely to get it too?

PERHAPS: Avoiding close contact such as kissing and careful attention to handwashing should significantly reduce the risk. ...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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I am allergic to every antibiotic I've had. Strep throat is going around and I'm worried I am going to get it. Can I be treated if I get strep throat?

I am allergic to every antibiotic I've had. Strep throat is going around and I'm worried I am going to get it. Can I be treated if I get strep throat?

Hard to say: You didn't list the antibiotics or what makes you think it was an allergic reaction. Many adults who have had spots or other reactions after an antibiotic but allergy testing proves they are not allergic. You should find out. Many meds can treat strep. Although you can feel better after strep without antibiotics, you remain at risk for rheumatic fever & passing it to others. ...Read more

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Is cefdinir an ok antibiotic for strep throat?

Is cefdinir an ok antibiotic for strep throat?

It will work well: This is like taking an elephant gun to kill a squirrel, but I've done it before and will do it again. Strep is killed off by this med and if the patient in unable to take penicillin or amoxicillin, it is a better back up med than many others. ...Read more

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How to get rid of strep throat fast without an antibiotic?

How to get rid of strep throat fast without an antibiotic?

You can't: If you have actually been diagnosed with strep throat (with a test....It can't be accurately diagnosed by looking at it), then it is really important to clear it up with an antibiotic. The bacteria that causes strep throat can cause other problems with your kidneys or heart, and no alternative medicine will prevent those problems from happening. ...Read more

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Is strep throat contagious?

Is strep throat contagious?

It can be: This condition is caused by the bug: streptococcus, which can be transmitted via salivary contact. It is not supercontagious like those of chicken-pox or measles which are airborn pathogens--meaning that they can stay in the air and infect others. So, if you are given antibiotics already, you should be fine. Just don't smooch for a few days :-)
good luck. ...Read more

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How contagious is strep throat?

How contagious is strep throat?

Yes: Yes it is. Generally thru close contact through aerosol spread from breathing, sneezing, etc. Also perhaps through contact with a glass, toothbrush and the like. Also from material on the infected persons hands. ...Read more

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My fiancée had strep throat how contagious is it?

Spread by contact: Strep throat spreads by contact with saliva from the infected person. Avoiding sharing of food or beverages and other close contact until the infected person has been treated with antibiotics for at least 24 hours is wise. If you get a sore throat or fever within a week of contact then call your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does strep throat stop being contagious?

How long does strep throat stop being contagious?

Treated vs not: Most accept 24 hours on meds as the point where someone is no longer contagious to others through passive contact. Untreated patients may be continuously contagious. ...Read more

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Strep throat, when will I no longer be contagious if it's been a week now?

Strep throat, when will I no longer be contagious if it's been a week now?

48 hours: You are not contagious after 48 hours from the start of your antibiotics. In rare instances if you have severe tonsillitis, the contagiousness could last a little longer, or if you develop an abcess. However, you need to finish the full course of antibiotics to prevent recurrences and to prevent development of resistant bacteria in your system. ...Read more

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For how long is someone with strep throat contagious BEFORE they develop and start showing symptoms?

For how long is someone with strep throat contagious BEFORE they develop and start showing symptoms?

2 - 5 Days: "Strep throat" is caused by a bacterial infection with Group A Streptococcus. The period between intial infection with bacteria and appearance of symptoms is 2 to 5 days. This called the Incubation period. Because this an infection that requires antibiotic treatment see your doctor for symptoms of fever, sore throat, rash. ...Read more

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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

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