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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 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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Went to Dr. Sore throat very red, fever, 4 days. Antibiotic given in case; haven't started it. Fever is gone but still sore throat. Should I take RX?

Went to Dr. Sore throat very red, fever, 4 days. Antibiotic given in case; haven't started it. Fever is gone but still sore throat. Should I take RX?

Fever sore throat.: Did you have a step culture done? If not, would get this first to confirm you need the antibiotics. Consult with us to order that for you. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat and ears for awhile, coughing out mucus, and have taking antibiotic but still no change, what is it?

I have had a sore throat and ears for awhile, coughing out mucus, and have taking antibiotic but still no change, what is it?

Cough and earache: One possibility is that the antibiotic is not the correct one. Another is that your symptoms are not due to a bacterial infection. Do you have a history of seasonal allergies? Best to see your doctor again for a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Fever 100-102°f & vomit since 4days doctor diagnosed it with bad/sore throat & prescribed antibiotic. I'm taking 3 doze daily since 2 days. Still same?

Fever 100-102°f & vomit since 4days doctor diagnosed it with bad/sore throat & prescribed antibiotic. I'm taking 3 doze daily since 2 days. Still same?

Some possibilities..: Usually, one sees the doctor again in such a situation. Some possibilities are: the illness is not bacterial so the antibiotic would not work, there is an abscess somewhere which is hard for the oral antibiotic to get into, the illness is bacterial but the germ is resistant to the antibiotic being taken, the antibiotic is counterfeit (in foreign countries), the antibiotic dose is too small, etc.. ...Read more

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I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

I have a very sore throat and ulcers on my uvula and tonsils. My culture showed group b strep. And my doc says I don't need an antibiotic. Still hurts?

Find another doctor: I would treat you with antibiotics. Even if your primary infection is viral I have found that antibiotics can help prevent bacterial superinfection. ...Read more

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21 F. Had sore throat a month ago. Took anti biotics but still have bilaterally palpable submandibular lymph nodes! Not very tender. Pellet like.

21 F. Had sore throat a month ago. Took anti biotics but still have bilaterally palpable submandibular lymph nodes! Not very tender. Pellet like.

Common: The lymph nodes enlarge during acute infection. And after reduce in size. They will continue to fluctuate in size whenever infection or irritation occur. They will be palpable but shouldn't be tender unless ailment causes them to enlarge ...Read more

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Having a painful sore throat. Took anti biotics only. Pain still there and now coughing so bad I can't sleep. Ear drums and headache cos of coughing?

Having a painful sore throat. Took anti biotics only. Pain still there and now coughing so bad I can't sleep. Ear drums and headache cos of coughing?

Post nasal drip: Your symptoms may be due to sinusitis caused by a virus. You probably have a post nasal drip which is irritating your throat and making you cough.The mucus is backflowing and affecting your ears as well. Try taking an antihistamine that contains Pseudoephedrine and drink lots of tea with lemon and honey. ...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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What is the procedure and cost for receiving an antibiotic for an adult with severe sore throat?

What is the procedure and cost for receiving an antibiotic for an adult with severe sore throat?

Doctor checks first: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Typically, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep infection). Doctors usually have a rapid 5-minute strep swab test in clinics. ...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 a really sore throat and fever, can I use the antibiotic ciploxx 500 for this?

I have a really sore throat and fever, can I use the antibiotic ciploxx 500 for this?

The most: Common cause of a sore throat along with a fever is a VIRAL upper respiratory illness which will NOT respond to an antibiotic. If you have a bacterial infection of your throat (Streptococcal or Pneumococcal) an antibiotic may be effective! It is best NOT to use antibiotics without a health professional's input!
Hope this helps!
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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 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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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

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I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

I have a sore throAt and chest congestion and cough. Do I need an antibiotic??

Don't know: Can't make that determination without an assessment. This may or may not be related to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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My kid is 3 y old. He is feverish with sore throat. He is on antibiotic and antipyritic. Now he is saying that he have pain in his penis.?

My kid is 3 y old. He is feverish with sore throat. He is on antibiotic and antipyritic. Now he is saying that he have pain in his penis.?

Any other problemes.: Pain in the penis is usually not due to the penis. It more often is due to pelvic muscle spasms due to constipation or bladder hyperactivity. Often giving a child a laxative will improve things. Rarely, the pain may be due to a kidney stone.
If he has other problems beside the pain, see his pediatertrion. ...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


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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