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29 y/o (160 lbs- 5'10")son has strep throat, taking 500 mg Amoxicillin but prescribed for only 8 days, is that enough to get rid of infection?

29 y/o (160 lbs- 5'10")son has strep throat, taking 500 mg Amoxicillin but prescribed for only 8 days, is that enough to get rid of infection?

That may be adequate: But usually Strep throat is treated with Amoxicillin 2x/day for 10 days. Is it Amoxicillin or Amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate))....Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is "stronger", so 8 days of that would probably be fine. ...Read more

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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


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My son has a strep infection on his bottom, can we get strep throat from that?

My son has a strep infection on his bottom, can we get strep throat from that?

Depends: Which strep? Group A strep is the common cause of throat infections and is occasionally seen as a perianal skin infection.In theory if the germ contaminates the kids clothing and gets on your hands it could pass & cause strep throat. There is a strep B that is a common germ in poop at any age. It occasionally causes UTI's in women & can be a problem during childbirth but is otherwise benign ...Read more

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My 5yr old son has extremely dry skin on his feet, its starting to really peel. He got a real high fever from strep throat, and that brought on a rash, that lead to the dry skin. Wanting to know what I can get to help his dry feet

My 5yr old son has extremely dry skin on his feet, its starting to really peel. He got a real high fever from strep throat, and that brought on a rash, that lead to the dry skin. Wanting to know what I can get to help his dry feet

Often: Often times when a person has strep throat they develop a rash. This rash is caused by a toxin that's released by the strep bacteria. It sounds like that rash has subsided and has left behind the characteristic dry peeling skin. Don't worry this is the normal course for this type of rash and the peeling and dryness should subside completely after about 10 days or so. In the mean time keep his skin clean and moisturized. Try thick emollient creams, they usually come in a jar, or plain vaseline. Be patient; in time he will be completely back to normal. ...Read more

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My son has strep throat, he is now showing symptoms of a head cold He said his head hurts when he shakes it and hurts most of the time, is this normal?

My son has strep throat, he is now showing symptoms of a head cold He said his head hurts when he shakes it and hurts most of the time, is this normal?

Typical: Headache is typical for strep throat, it is a definite part of this illness. You can treat the headache with motrin 10 mg per kilogram per dose every 8 hours. If he has strep he should be on a course of penicillin for 10 days. ...Read more

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My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?

My 9 yr old son has strep throat and a kidney disease called IgA nephropathy it's a kidney disorder started when he was 5. Kidney biopsy?

Confusing question: Although some strep strains can cause kidney problems, early treatment usually avoids them. If the kid has a pre-existing kidney problem, the need for a biopsy is best determined by the docs who know him best. A recent strep infection would not require such an invasive procedure, but a significant change in kidney function might. ...Read more

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I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us I worry everyday.?

I feel very scared & guilty my son had an untreated strep throat that went away 6 weeks ago. How long until it is completely behind us I worry everyday.?

Hard to say: The earliest problems with untreated strep often come up within the first 2 wks & effect the kidneys. Rheumatic fever/heart & brain effects are more likely to be 4-6 weeks out from the first fever. Either way, as you pass the 6 wk marker without known issues you may have been lucky. The estimated attack rate for major complications of untreated disease is 1-2%. Subtle effects may appear later. ...Read more

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My son Dom has strep throat hasn't improved for 5 days now could this be something more serious?

My son Dom has strep throat hasn't improved for 5 days now could this be something more serious?

He most likely has: A virus along with the strep. If he has a fever and/or is not eating/drinking/appears ill, I would recommend contacting his doctor. He may need to be seen to diagnose him properly and make sure there isn't additional treatment needed. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with strep throat fri its monday and he's still running a temp is this normal?

My son was diagnosed with strep throat fri its monday and he's still running a temp is this normal?

Maybe: If he started antibiotics friday, then after 48-72 hours he should be better. If it was a virus and not a strep infection, the fever could last for a week. Check with the diagnosing doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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I've had strep throat 3x this yr and I am afraid I have it again. My son is 4 and has also had it several times. Can we take something to prevent?

I've had strep throat 3x this yr and I am afraid I have it again. My son is 4 and has also had it several times. Can we take something to prevent?

Strep thorat: You are probably a carrier of goup a streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat, one of the recommnedations for recurrent infection (more than three episodes in a year) is tonsillectomy, the episodes of infection lensens over time regardless the measure taken to prevent it, treatment with antibiotics is not recommend to prevent recurrence either. ...Read more

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My son is 8 years old and his stomch hurts after having strep throat now he want eat?

Let him eat: It is not uncommon for children with strep throat to experience abdominal pain because of inflammation of peritoneal lymph nodes (on the lining of the bowel). If he is not nauseated by this and is expressing hunger, feed him bland foods or start with liquids to see how well he tolerates it. ...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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My son has had a sore throat for 2 days and diaherria Could he have strep throat?

My son has had a sore throat for 2 days and diaherria Could he have strep throat?

Maybe/not: This could easily be a throat virus, since many are associated with diarrhea. Strep is possible with any sore throat but more often causes belly pain without diarrhea. Only proper testing can sort these out. ...Read more

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What can I do for my 16 month old son he has strep throat and he is very whiney and sleepy?

What can I do for my 16 month old son he has strep throat and he is very whiney and sleepy?

Strep or viral: The kids with sore throats eventually get over symptoms ; feel better if treated or not.Motrin helps most feel better. However, complications of untreated strep include heart, kidney or brain injury ; the risk of spreading it to others. Having a strep test done ; getting treatment if positive within 9 days of initial fever can stop most complications. ...Read more

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My son just recently had strep throat and now he has these large bumps on his tongue. Can u tell me what us that?

My son just recently had strep throat and now he has these large bumps on his tongue. Can u tell me what us that?

Possibly normal: If they are on the back of his tongue and they do not hurt, then this is normal. We all have several very large taste buds (called vallate papilla) on the back of our tongues, but rarely realize they are there. Now that you are "looking" because of the strep throat you are noticing these taste buds.
If they do hurt then have him reevaluated by his doctor. ...Read more

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Son was diagnosed with strep throat. Hive amoxicillin. He weighs 25lbs. And I have to give him 500mg twice a day. Too much?

Son was diagnosed with strep throat. Hive amoxicillin. He weighs 25lbs. And I have to give him 500mg twice a day. Too much?

Yes, it is: It is not prudent to treat your own son unless you are a physician. If you have the results that are positive for strep, at least call or visit your pediatrician.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How many episodes of strep throat should a child have in a year before considering removing tonsils? My son has had strep 5 times in a year

How many episodes of strep throat should a child have in a year before considering removing tonsils? My son has had strep 5 times in a year

2 or 3 at the least: In the 'old days' we used to withhold tonsillectomy unless children had many antibiotic failures in a row, but based on the age of your child (you didn't tell us the age ...Read more

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My 8 yr son has been diagnosed with positive strep throat a few days ago, he's better now but he feels a ball like sensation when he swallows?

My 8 yr son has been diagnosed with positive strep throat a few days ago, he's better now but he feels a ball like sensation when he swallows?

Return to Doctor NOW: Typically Strep Throat infection improves greatly within a few days after starting antibiotics. Persistence of swallowing symptoms suggests there could be complications such as incomplete response to medication (unlikely for simple strep throat), presence of another infection, or tonsillar abcess (serious). Return to doctor NOW for re-evaluation to determine cause for persistence of symptoms. ...Read more

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My son tested slightly +ive for strep throat Fri. He has been taking amoxicillin 3xs a day. He is still complaining of headaches. Is this normal?

My son tested slightly +ive for strep throat Fri. He has been taking amoxicillin 3xs a day. He is still complaining of headaches. Is this normal?

Slight positive is: Positive so he does have strep and is in his third day of treatment. You would expect his symptoms to improve by the fourth or fifth day so he is still in the window for persistent discomfort. He should not, however, be worsening. If he is, return to your doctor. ...Read more

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My 36lb. 3 1/2 year old son was prescribed amoxicillin 400mg/5ml at a dosage of 8 mls. Twice a day for strep throat. I am concerned that the dosage is?

My 36lb. 3 1/2 year old son was prescribed amoxicillin 400mg/5ml at a dosage of 8 mls. Twice a day for strep throat. I am concerned that the dosage is?

Dosage is fine: More than that can be given in other acute infections, although for a strep throat 5-6 ml /dose would suffice given your son's weight, but the extra 2-3 ml wouldn't be harmful, probably your son's doctor suspected an upper respiratory infection as well such as acute sinusitis. You may want to verify it with your doctor if you're concerned, otherwise continue till the follow up visit, good luck ...Read more

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My son took augmentin for 10days for a strep throat, he tested +ve after 3 days from finishing augmentin though he has no symptoms. What to do now?

My son took augmentin for 10days for a strep throat, he tested +ve after 3 days from finishing augmentin though he has no symptoms. What to do now?

No worries: Augmentin is always effective against strep, but the test can remain positive quite a while. Since his sore throat has cleared up, the infection probably is cured. There really was no reason to re-test, and no further testing is necessary unless his sore throat returns. ...Read more

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My son 3 had strep throat in november took amoxilin for 10 days now 2 months later is taking same med for scarlet fever. Could there be resistance?

Reinfected: You may have him enrolled in a day care and as such he probably became reinfected. Amoxil (amoxicillin) is still the drug of choice for strep infections or scarlet fever. ...Read more

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My 14 year old son has had strep throat for 7 days now. He is still running a 100+ fever every now and then. He has been on amoxicillin for four days?

My 14 year old son has had strep throat for 7 days now. He is still running a 100+ fever every now and then. He has been on amoxicillin for four days?

Re exam: With adequately treated strep, fever should be resolved by day 4. Have him seen again if he wakes with a fever tomorrow. How was strep diagnosed? By rapid test? By culture? How is his pain? Is he having any drooling or trouble swallowing? Asymmetry of tonsils? Persistent infection can hide various places. Also, if no cx or testing done, several viruses may be culprit, mononucleosis among them ...Read more

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My son 7 is taking amoxicilin for strep throat for 2 days and has a stomachache no diarhea/vomitting no fever #2 is good is this normal?

Strep symptoms: The symptoms of a group a streptococcus infection include abdominal discomfort alongside the earlier fever & throat discomfort. The cause of the belly pain is not clear but the symptoms may increase or persist until the treatment has killed off enough strep to see improvement in the overall pattern. ...Read more

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My husband and son tested positive for strep throat I am congested but no sore throat should I go to the dr to be tested too as a precaution?

My husband and son tested positive for strep throat I am congested but no sore throat should I go to the dr to be tested too as a precaution?

Get tested but: Strep doesn't cause congestion. So your symptoms are not of a strep infection, but rather of a viral cold or allergy. But since there two family members with strep, get everyone tested to identify carriers. ...Read more

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My son 8, possibly had an untreated strep throat about 5 weeks ago he now has tiny blisters on his knee no pain, no fever can it be early sign of comp?

My son 8, possibly had an untreated strep throat about 5 weeks ago he now has tiny blisters on his knee no pain, no fever can it be early sign of comp?

Likely unrelated: I can't put untreated strep together with tiny blisters on the knee & come up with a way to tie them together. 5 weeks out you can have issues related to rheumatic fever or heart complications. If you are concerned schedule a visit. ...Read more

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My son is 31. He has gout and has a migraine and is running a fever of 101.1. His wife is being treated for strep throat. Should he see a doctor?

My son is 31. He has gout and has a migraine and is running a fever of 101.1. His wife is being treated for strep throat. Should he see a doctor?

Fever: Since he is aleady with fever & was exposed to his wife who has strep infection, he should see his doctor. I hope he feels better soon. ...Read more

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My 5 1/2 yr old son has complained this last week that his heart is beating fast. He did have strep throat the week before and was on amoxicillin. When I take his pulse for 10 secs and multiply by 6. It's been anywhere from 85-120. He feels this rapid

My 5 1/2 yr old son has complained this last week that his heart is beating fast. He did have strep throat the week before and was on amoxicillin. When I take his pulse for 10 secs and multiply by 6. It's been anywhere from 85-120. He feels this rapid

Normal heart rate: This is a normal heart rate for a 5 and half years old child. Now a common reason for fast heart rate in children is fever, common colds and dehydration. Children tend to drink and eat less when they are not feeling well and eventually become dehydrated. Make sure that your child had adequate fluid intake, control fever if any with Tylenol (acetaminophen). if the problem persist, then consult with his doctor ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and tight chest. My chest hurts when I breathe and even when walking. My son had strep throat recently... Could I be getting it now?

I have a sore throat and tight chest. My chest hurts when I breathe and even when walking. My son had strep throat recently... Could I be getting it now?

Probably not: It is unlikely that strep throat is causing chest pain when breathing and walking. This is exactly the kind of problem that should be evaluated by a physician immediately. This could be something as minor as stress or muscle spasm, but it could be as serious as an evolving heart or lung problem. See your doctor. Good luck and be well. ...Read more

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Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?

Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?

Viruses: There are a variety of viruses that can cause the symptoms you describe along with a prolonged fever. An ear infection with cold symptoms and clear runny eyes suggests one. If he is eating and is not acting very sick he should be fine. The thinking these days is to not treat ear infections with antibiotics as most ear infection are viral but with prolonged fever most docs do. It's hard to b a Mom ...Read more

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My sister who spent the night at my house, now has strep throat, will I get sick?

My sister who spent the night at my house, now has strep throat, will I get sick?

Not necessarily: Attack rates among families run as high as 1/4 to as low as 1/32. Adults that follow simple hygiene practices are less likely affected than kids. ...Read more

Strep Throat (Definition)

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