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Should an elevated strep. Titer be treated with antibiotics?

Should an elevated strep. Titer be treated with antibiotics?

No: This means your child had a previous strep infection and had an immune respone which is a good thing. The elevation does tell us when the infection was active.So rely on what symptoms your child has and ask advice of your doctor. If your child is sick and has a positive throat culture , yes antibiotics are needed. ...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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When is a strep. Titer considered to be abnormal, or "elevated"?

When is a strep. Titer considered to be abnormal, or "elevated"?

Varies: The results vary from laboratory to laboratory, and the results usually indicate the "normal" levels for that lab. The aso test does not predict if complications will occur following a streptococcal infection, nor do they predict the type or severity of the disease. If symptoms of rheumatic fever or glomerulonephritis are present, an elevated aso level may be used to help confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I tested + for strep b via culture after giving it to a girlfriend, but have zero symptoms. As a carrier, should I still be treated with antibiotics?

I tested + for strep b via culture after giving it to a girlfriend, but have zero symptoms. As a carrier, should I still be treated with antibiotics?

Maybe: Carrier state can be hard to eradicate--both partners would need to be treated, otherwise, they will keep giving the infection to each other. The most serious issue is group b strep and newborn infection. Make sure other infections are being checked for. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for strep?

Best antibiotic for strep?

Ask your doctor: If you have been told that you have a strep infection, ask the doctor who diagnosed you for a prescription. If not, please do not try to self diagnose and treat yourself. Strep infections can be dangerous and you need professional guidance. You may not even have a strep throat and it might be something else. ...Read more

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Would you treat Non group A positive strep with antibiotics?

No: The pathogenic bacteria is group A beta hemolytic strep. The problem is the quick strep tests will ID all streps and so you may not know which one you are treating. It sounds like you probably have a viral infection and as you know viral infections do not respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Would you treat Non-Group A positive strep with antibiotics?

Would you treat Non-Group A positive strep with antibiotics?

Recent data suggests: Although the benefits of treating non-GAS pharyngitis is unproven, clinicians may want to consider treating patients with proven or presumptive non-GAS pharyngitis who fail to respond to symptomatic therapy or who are at increased risk for sequelae of group B or group C streptococcal infections, such as those patients who are or have close contact with pregnant women, neonates, and elderly. ...Read more

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How do you know if the antibiotic will work if the strep might be antibiotic-resistant?

How do you know if the antibiotic will work if the strep might be antibiotic-resistant?

Depends: Strep a has been universally sensitive to the penicillin drugs & treatment within 9 days of first fever stops progression to the antibody production that can cause rheumatic fever. Sometimes total eradication from the throat is difficult but not considered a true failure. Erythromycin is one med that has seen true strep resistance in some parts of the world. ...Read more

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My toddler finished 10 day antibiotics, for strep, still coughing at night only. Is this normal?

My toddler finished 10 day antibiotics, for strep, still coughing at night only. Is this normal?

Think reflux: If its only at night it could be a little bit of reflux. Sometimes antibiotics can upset the stomach a bit causing reflux into the throat when laying down. Try no food or drink for 2 hours before laying down and see if that helps. ...Read more

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