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Is strep throat very contagious?

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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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 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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Whats the best antibiotic for strep throat?

Whats 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 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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