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Can I let my streptococcus infection just run its course instead of taking antibiotics?

Can I let my streptococcus infection just run its course instead of taking antibiotics?

Bad idea: You do not state what type of streptococcal infection you have. Some streptococcal infections can become life threatening without treatment. Group a strep. Infections can cause rheumatic fever if not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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I had a swab done at my 6 week postpartum check and it has come back showing I have a streptococcus infection in my vagina - is this common?

I had a swab done at my 6 week postpartum check and it has come back showing I have a streptococcus infection in my vagina - is this common?

Yes very common: If you have been found to have this in your vaginal culture in the pAst ,then you're what we call a colonizer.We only treat you in situations like prior to delivery ,to prevent neonatal infection. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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Can streptococcus infection in a person's throat cause pain and fever?

Can streptococcus infection in a person's throat cause pain and fever?

Absolutely: Throat pain, redness, fever, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and exudates in back of throat or on tonsils are classic manifestations of strep throat, although other organisms can create a similar clinical picture. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What is the most likely source of a 2-year-old's streptococcus respiratory infection?

What is the most likely source of a 2-year-old's streptococcus respiratory infection?

Their fingers: Little hands often spend as much time in their mouth as out.When out, they are touching toys or other objects that may be contaminated with the oral/nasal secretions of others where streptococcus is usually carried. ...Read more

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After treatment for streptococcus pneumoniae infection, im wondering do i need to disinfect my home now?

After treatment for streptococcus pneumoniae infection, im wondering do i need to disinfect my home now?

Clean : Doesn't hurt to clean counter tops, tables and door nobs and aeresol the air of the living areas. Same thing a medical assistant does to an exam room inbetween patients. More importantly family and guests should wash hands before eating. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Heard that vancomycin doesn't absorb well, so is IV vancomycin appropriate for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection? Took vanco and levaquin (levofloxacin) for it

Yes Vancomycin: absorbs just fine if you give it IV. For Strep pneumo infection depending on the site, Vancomycin and Levaquin (levofloxacin) would be more than enough. Though Strep pneumo is encapsulated organism and therefore can be resistant to many antibiotics, this combination should reduce that chance to very small. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more