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Strep Throat And Lupus
Resistance to drugs: Strep can be resistant to a great number of antibiotics that is the problem partially caused by the overuse of antibiotic for unnecessary treatments strep use to be best treated with Ampicillin but has become in many cases resistant. Only if your child is allergic to penicillin would Erythromycin or cephalosporin be used. The first choice is Ampicillin and if that is not working a switchto amox. ...Read more
?: Unsure what you mean with your question. If you mean it's prodrome (early presentation), the symptoms can widely vary and group a beta-hemolytic strep can masquerade as a lot of other illnesses. However, sore throat, sometimes fevers, frontal headache, stomach ache, vomiting and nausea, sandpapery rash are all seen. ...Read more
Streph Throat: Please see your physician for a streph throat test - if positive you will be treated with antibiotics. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle severa >>. ...Read more
Maybe: You can always play the odds and see what happens.Like the folk in the early 1900s.They also had strep ; it passed.However, about 1/200 developed 1of 3 patterns of complications.The only way to know if you had strep was to test it.If treated within 10 days of 1st symptoms you can stop the pattern of complications for strep, if not, you know you won't suffer them. ...Read more
HAND TO FACE TRANSFR: I know a psychologist who studied human behavior & found the average adult touched his/her face with unwashed hands 6x/hr & nose 2x/hr.Anytime we do so we can pass germs from what we touch to areas that allow germs access to the nose & mouth. You can do what you can to avoid it, but strep is carried by at least 5% of asymptomatic people continuously. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Most streptococcus pyogenes (group a streptococcus) pharyngitis will resolve in 7 days even without treatment. Unfortunately there is then the risk of glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever. An asymptomatic streptococcal carrier state is not uncommon in children and young adults especially in close quarters like barracks. Relapses of strep pharyngitis rather than chronic infection are common. ...Read more
PCN & take your meds: If you were tested and are sure it is streptococcus causing your throat problems, the best medicine is still penicillin or one very similar, such as amoxicillin. As important, though, is taking your medicine on time. Strep dies when the medicine in your system is above a certain level, so if you don't take your meds on time the strep can start to party again and multiply. Make sure you finish it! ...Read more
Antibiotics + tips: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
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