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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.

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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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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My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

Possible fungal...: Overgrowth. If you have cultures, you are probably already on an antibiotic for something. S. Viridens is a common oral bacteria that we all have on some level. Yours may be higher than normal but the white on your tongue could be candidiasis from a lack of "regular" bacteria that keep it down. Try 1/2 hydrogen peroxide/ 1/2 or mouthwash, brush your tongue, if no luck see a dr. May need nystatin. ...Read more

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Having pharyngitis for 4 months got throat culture sensitivity n CBC test show moderate bacterial growth had antibiotics doc gv me but still same?

Having pharyngitis for 4 months got throat culture  sensitivity n CBC  test show moderate bacterial growth had antibiotics doc gv me but still same?

Pharyngeal flora: Everybody has bacteria throughout their upper respiratory tracts. Very few of these have clinical significance, and very few that may need antibiotic therapy. Streptococcus pyogenes is treated to prevent the subsequent development of acute rheumatic fever. Do not know why or what you were given by your doctor, but you should definitely ask them. Hope this helps ...Read more

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

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

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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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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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?

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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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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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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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

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