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What causes recurring sore throat after antibiotics?

What causes recurring sore throat after antibiotics?

Viral infection?: A sore throat that persists after treatment with antibiotics may be a viral infection (which antibiotics do not treat). It could also mean that the the antibiotic you took did not completely treat a bacterial infection. A recurrent sore throat could also be the sign of something more serious. See your primary care provider for further guidance. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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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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I have a very sore throat after taking antibiotics. Throat culture came back negative. My tonsils are red/sore. It hurts worse everyday!

I have a very sore throat after taking antibiotics. Throat culture came back negative. My tonsils are red/sore. It hurts worse everyday!

Get seen: Any of a host of uncommon illnesses can do this. Herpangina, Wegener's, lupus, agranulocytosis, quinsy are only a few. Your primary care physician may be able to help or refer to an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Continuous sore throat, even after antibiotics. Sneezing and water down my throat, i've even taken allegra (fexofenadine) and zyrtec but sore begins again.

Continuous sore throat, even after antibiotics. Sneezing and water down my throat, i've even taken allegra (fexofenadine) and zyrtec but sore begins again.

Various causes: Most likely causes: post nasal drip from overwhelming allergies and/or chronic sinusitis rx with wrong antibiotic and/or relatively silent reflux. Combination of above is likely. Suggest sinus ct, elevate head of bed (not pillows, but incr hob), GI empty at bedtime, poss. Around the clock very aggressive acid control (antigerd need be done>3mos), more aggress. Antiallrgy tx incl nasal csteroid. ...Read more

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Used antibiotic for sore throat when it wasn't prescribed should I be worried?

Used antibiotic for sore throat when it wasn't prescribed should I be worried?

Resistance: Infections are either viral or bacterial and need to be properly diagnosed to get treated. Antibiotics are used only for bacterial infections that need them. The overuse of antibiotics can cause resultant resistance in treatment, so it is important to get properly diagnosed before taking meds. ...Read more

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My son Lucas has a sore throat and congestion. My husband is just getting it too-has been taking an antibiotic and I think my son needs one too?

My son Lucas has a sore throat and congestion. My husband is just getting it too-has been taking an antibiotic and I think my son needs one too?

Probably not: Most colds are due to viruses and antibiotics do not work on them. All you end up with are the side effects from the antibiotics and increasing antibiotic resistance to other things. http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/antibiotics-colds ...Read more

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I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

I have this sore throat and I've taking over the counter meds. and it still nagging and I think it sinus and I needs some antibiotic ?

Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I keep getting sore throat and colds this is my 4 th time i got it been to the doctors got antibiotic but come back again it goes for 2 weeks?

I keep getting sore throat and colds this is my 4 th time i got it been to the doctors got antibiotic  but come back again it goes for 2 weeks?

Not a bacterial infx: Your symptoms are likely caused by a fungus or virus- that is why antibiotics aren't working. Depending on your geoprahic location, example of other diagnoses includes influenza a (virus) infection and pulmonary coccidioidomycosis (valley fever). ...Read more

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To discuss a sore throat I've had despite antibiotic treatment ?

Viral vs ....: Post nasal drainage vs acid reflux. Each has a different treatment. If you have a history of allergies start taking an over the counter antihistamine. If you have reflux avoid spicy and acidic foods and consider a stomach acid blocking pill (PPI) or Tums for episodic relief. ...Read more

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I started taking a general, prescribed antibiotic yesterday for a sore throat, cough, and cold. Is it common to feel overall weakened today?

I started taking a general, prescribed antibiotic yesterday for a sore throat, cough, and cold.  Is it common to feel overall weakened today?

Not uncommon: Infections can certainly cause generalized fatigue and malaise, and just one day of the antibiotics will not get you feeling better that soon. Rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you get worse and not slowly better, than follow-up with the Dr. Best wishes. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more