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Hi! My throat culture: staphylococcus auresus. I used levofloxacin for two weeks and nothing changed. I think its going worst. What should I do?

Hi! My throat culture: staphylococcus auresus. I used levofloxacin for two weeks and nothing changed. I think its going worst. What should I do?

Stop Med: Stop using the med and get medical attention.
You may have a virus which no antibiotic helps. Most doctors do not prescribe levofloxacin for a two week duration for a sore throat. You also may have a resistant organism. Need doctor visit. ...Read more

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Throat Culture (Definition)

This is usually done when a throat infection is suspected. One will take a swab of the throat and then place the swab in culture medium. This will then be grown on a culture plate to determine if/what type of bacteria is causing the infection. Both viruses and bacteria ...Read more


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A throat culture test I had showed staphylococcus aureus. Should I undergo antibiotic treatment or have my tonsils removed? Thank you!

A throat culture test I had showed staphylococcus aureus. Should I undergo antibiotic treatment or have my tonsils removed? Thank you!

I don't think so: Maybe half of humankind have some strain or other of this bug on board. I've always had some of them when I've bothered to culture my throat. People forget that many bacteria, even many of those capable of causing disease, are ordinary members of our microbial community. Staph's more of a problem for that pilonidal cyst -- the microbe likes to infect these. Get your surgery if required. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for staphylococcus epidermidis observed in sperm culture?

What is the best treatment for staphylococcus epidermidis observed in sperm culture?

See below.: This is probably a contaminant, and not a true infection. I would not advi treatment based on this culture unless you are having symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for staphylococcus epidermidis that is observed in culture sperm?

What is the best treatment for staphylococcus epidermidis that is observed in culture sperm?

Nothing: S. Epidermidis in your situation is likely a contaminant and doesn't need to be treated because the sperm was likely contaminated with normal skin flora as it passes through the meatus at the tip of penis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: throat culture?

Swab of throat: This is usually done when a throat infection is suspected. One will take a swab of the throat and then place the swab in culture medium. This will then be grown on a culture plate to determine if/what type of bacteria is causing the infection. Both viruses and bacteria can cause throat infections. ...Read more

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Took a throat culture today and said I either have strep throat or mono. How will I know which one I have?

Took a throat culture today and said I either have strep throat or mono. How will I know which one I have?

One or Other or Both: You can't have either a strep throat or mononucleosis. You can have one or the other or both. A rapid strep test or a throat culture will tell whether or not you have a strep throat. A mono spot test or ebv antibody panel will show whether or not you have mono. If you have both do not take Ampicillin or Amoxicillin because either will cause a rash 90% of the time. ...Read more

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What are of the throat is swabbed during a throat culture?

Throat culture: To optimize sensitivity of any culture, the specimen must be from areas with active bacterial colonies. These are often manifest by redness and perhaps some exudate. Using direct exam, the person performing the culture should look at the palate, tonsils and posterior pharynx to select the best sites to sample. ...Read more

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Could a throat culture detect cancer?

Could a throat culture detect cancer?

No: I don't see how it could, other than the person doing the swab noticing something suspicious during the procedure. ...Read more

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Why shouldn't you drink milk prior to a throat culture?

Why shouldn't you drink milk prior to a throat culture?

Not relevant: There is no reason to not drink milk before throat culture.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Why isn't my cough going away, normal x ray, normal throat culture.?

Why isn't my cough going away, normal x ray, normal throat culture.?

Many possible reason: There are many possible reasons for a cough in the scenario you describe. Your primary care provider is a good starting point to treat the problem. You may also need to see other specialists, such as an otolaryngologist (ent), pulmonologist (lung doctor), and/or allergy specialist. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: yeast found on throat culture?

What is the definition or description of: yeast found on throat culture?

Not unusual thing...: The throat contains a cornucopia of different bacteria and yeast- this is not considered unusual and should not be treated with an antifungal agent. ...Read more

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What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

Likely a virus: Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics. Use of throat lossenges & sprays help. An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to have strep throat even if throat culture is negative?

Probably viral: A throat culture is considered the "gold standard" when it comes to diagnosing strep throat. It is very accurate and specific to strep throat. It is more likely that you have a viral throat infection. It should last around 5-7 days. Ibuprofen, salt water gargles and rest should help. ...Read more

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Could eating a yeast donut before a throat culture cause it to be positive for yeast?

Could eating a yeast donut before a throat culture cause it to be positive for yeast?

No.: Yeast in doughnut is killed when it is cooked. If you have persistent problems, ask your doctor who did the culture for further advice. ...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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If we go thru throat culture. Do we really need pus on swab to detect streptococcus pyogenus? Or it could be done w/o pus on swab but saliva fro back?

If we go thru throat culture. Do we really need pus on swab to detect streptococcus pyogenus? Or it could be done w/o pus on swab but saliva fro back?

An adequate: Swab of the palatine tonsils can uncover the strep antigen on rapid tests and grow the bacteria on culture media without visible pus. Pus is not a requirement. ...Read more

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Is it common to test positive for strep a on rapid strep and a month later test positive for strep c on throat culture?

Is it common to test positive for strep a on rapid strep and a month later test positive for strep c on throat culture?

Not unusual: Group C strep is frequently found on throat culture and is part of the normal flora that reside in the throat. As such, it's role as the causative agent in any given case of pharyngitis is often uncertain. There is no evidence Group C strep causes Acute Rheumatic Fever. *If it is cultured in an asymptomatic individual there is no necessity to treat it unless it's suspected as the cause. ...Read more

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Angioedema the past 3 weeks. He went to er 3x because of swelling. Dr did a throat culture mon, came back+for strep. No other sx. His dr doesn't know?

Angioedema the past 3 weeks. He went to er 3x because of swelling. Dr did a throat culture mon, came back+for strep. No other sx. His dr doesn't know?

Angioedema: Greetings, Angioedema needs further work up. First, are there any new medications? New foods? Any changes? A Possible allergy sensitivity could exist. A thorough blood evaluation is also needed. An Allergist, Immunologist or an ENT specialist could all perform this work up. An epipen (epinephrine) is a good idea since it is a recurring issue. Also he may benefit form taking a daily antihistamine like Allegra. ...Read more

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Med assit called and my throat culture was haemophilus parainfluenza 2. Worried because I don't know what this means. Amoxicillin for 7 days so far.

H. parainfluenzae: Haemophilus parainfluenzae, is a common bacteria found normally in the oropharynx. It probably is NOT the germ responsible for your pharyngitis, although I hope by now after 7 days of antibiotics you're better. Various viruses (mono) and bacteria (Strep A) would be on my list - were they checked for? A related bacteria known as Haemophilus influenzae IS a pathogen (a real germ) but u don't have it ...Read more

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How do I stop gagging when I get a throat culture?

Normal reflex: Some people have the ability to suppress their gag reflex and others do not. Ultimately, the technique of the provider obtaining the throat culture will determine whether or not your gag reflex is triggered. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

My 2 year old son had a throat culture that came back with a high reading of pseudomonas, is this a sign of cystic fibrosis?

Need to rule CF out: I would have the culture repeated. Unfortunately, studies have shown 49% of 2 year olds had positive throat cultures for pseudomonas aeruginosa. Sweat testing and genetic testing should be performed. Check to see if newborn blood screen tested for cystic fibrosis (cf). ...Read more

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Can fungus on my to nail cause yeast to multiple in my throat. I had a throat culture done and it showed that I had over growth of yeast. Please help?

No: The fungii that cause nail fungal infection (trichophyton and epidemophytum) are different than yeast infection of the throat (candidia). However if you are prone to opportunistic infection (suppressed immune system, etc) you are more likely to get both but the spread of the nail to the throat is extremely unlikely. I hope you are seeing your pcp for these matters to monitor your overall health. ...Read more

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Where could my 16 yr old daughter have gotten the pseudonomas bacteria? A strep throat culture came back positive for it.

Where could my 16 yr old daughter have gotten the pseudonomas bacteria? A strep throat culture came back positive for it.

They're everywhere: And they are probably not causing her sore throat. Many folks harbor the little critters without their causing any problems. Like most other bacteria, it's only when they grow out of control or manage to invade that you'll get disease. ...Read more

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After having a sore throat for over a week, is it too late to have a throat culture done for strep throat? My two grandsons have strep throat?

No: You can have a quick test done in the office with relatively accurate results almost immediately. A culture can also be done as backup. When you are treated within 10 days of first symptoms the known bad side effects of untreated strep can be stopped. If not you run these risks and can be a continuous carrier of the germ. ...Read more

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For months when swallowing I have a lumpy feeling on right side only. Had endoscopy through nose in (nothing) & throat culture (negative). Thoughts?

For months when swallowing I have a lumpy feeling on right side only. Had endoscopy through nose in (nothing) & throat culture (negative). Thoughts?

Depends on location: If the symptom is high up in the throat then the tonsils can sometimes give this sensation. Lower down in the throat it could be from reflux or some other irritant. If the symptoms doesn't go away continue to follow up with your otolaryngologist - sometimes ct scans are done or swallowing studies. ...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