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What To Take For Strep If Allergic To Penicillion
I'm allergic to penicillin and camping in remote area. Will 150 mg. Clindamycin. Treat my strep? Should I double it? How often do I take it?
Talk to doctor: I think catching a strep infection from camping is at the very low risk category. You should be more worried over GI or sinus issues. Discuss with your doctor re the best choice for your travel destination since clindamycin may lead to serious GI issue for some people and this is not something you would ever want to suffer in a remote area. ...Read more
I'm allergic to everything except for levaquin and cipro (ciprofloxacin) and have strep just finished 10 days of levaquin 750mg still have strep what can I take?
Strep throat and allergic to antibotics. I'm in so much pain, what else can I take to soothe the pain?
Need antibiotics: People who have tests that show they have strep throat need antibiotics to cure their infection and to prevent a complication called rheumatic fever, which can occur with untreated group a streptococcus infections. You need to be tested to make sure you do have strep throat, then your provider needs to find an antibiotic that works against strep that you are not allergic to. ...Read more
See below: In penicillin allergic patients with streptococcal pharyngitis the macrolides-erythromycin, biaxin (clarithromycin) or zithromax as well as Clindamycin are effective. If the penicillin allergy was only a rash and not immediate hypersensitivity cephalosporin antibiotics are safe and effective. ...Read more
I'm allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin I have strep throat and have been taking levaquin for 10 days 750 now its back what can I take?
When I take Amoxicillin I have some difficulty breathing. Is this normal, a side-effect or an allergic reaction? I am taking it for Strep Throat.
I'm allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin just got off 10 days of levaquin for strep didn't help sore throat time. Have it back what can I take?
Virus, not strep?: The large majority of pharyngitis (sore throat) is viral, and no antibiotic works against viruses. Lack of improvement on levofloxacin (Levaquin®) is evidence it wasn't strep to begin with, or that it was strep plus a virus. This should continue to clear up on its own. Check with your doctor if it continues more than another few days. ...Read more
If I am allergic to Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) can I take cephalexin for strep throat?
Strep antibiotics: Another medication - are you taking one right now? The antibiotic of choice for strep throat is Penicillin VK (most potent and cheapest) and its derivatives. If allergic to it, other choices are the Erythromycin group, Cipro (ciprofloxacin) group, cephalosporin group. The last group should be taken with caution as there could be an associated cross-allergy in 10% of people. ...Read more
Depends on You & exp: Group a strep is variable in its effect. During the year there are strep carriers around (5+/-%) who seem never to get sick but can pass it on.Asymptomatic carriage in winter is higher. If u are susceptable (we can't be sure who) then u probably become sick within 3 days. U have 9-10 days to rx & stop most bad effects on kids. Simple office tests can confirm a sore throat is really strep & not viral. ...Read more
Tuesday I was tested for strep but it came back neg. They did 2 swabs at a time. How long does it take to get the results of a culture?
A few days: With a negative rapid strep test, probably the culture will also be negative for strep. Culture results typically take 2-5 days. ...Read more
I started taking penicillin a day and a half ago for strep class c. I still feel terrible if not worse. How long will it take to kick in?
Call your doctor NOW: You really should start to feel better. Depending on the thpe of infection you have, it may have developed into something that requires further intervention such as intravenous antibiotics, or else a drainage procedure of abscess. Regardless, prompt attention is needed, to minimize complications. ...Read more
No: Throat swab is fine for sore throat. 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. ...Read more
Lymph node: It may take up to 1 to 3 weeks for the swollen lymph node to subside after you are done with antibiotics. If the lymph node is still bigger and painful then, the patient needs to be seen. ...Read more
7-10 days usually: If it is due to tonsillitis and you take antibiotics. Some people have "tonsilliths" (tonsil stones) which will not get better with antibiotics. These appear as whitish pockets of debris that are actually inside the tonsil and sort of poking out. If you've been treated, your throat isn't sore, and you still have white spots-that's likely a tonsillith. See your md if you're concerned. ...Read more
Had strep. Thought it went away by meds so I didn't take them. Week later glands r swollen. Is it back?
Are antibiotics too often over-prescribed? Sometimes the Dr. Will say, "strep test negative but take these pills anyway."
Antibiotic overuse: Yes, they are for many reasons. We are all at fault, physicians, patients and lawyers. ...Read more
I have a refill of antibiotics cause of strep, there's a refill on the bottle, am I supposed to take that too or save it in case I need it?
Refills: Check with your physician if you are feeling well after the first course you might no need the refill. ...Read more
Day 4 of meds for strep. How long does it take to clear Is it normal that when food goes down feels strange or burns and my neck is also kind stiff.?
Tested pos for strep 7/2/17. Prescribed amoxicillin for 10 days. Twice a day. I would forget to take the 2nd pill at times. But never skipped a day. I had pills left over. Today is 11th day. I took one in the A.M. But I lost my pills. Am I at risk?
Strep: No, I think you have probably taken sufficient to eradicate the strep ...Read more
Get a proper Dx 1st: About 60% of sore throats are viral & require no meds. If you take old meds every time you feel ill, you increase the creation of superbugs in our world with minimal benefit to you. Strep can be verified with a quick test & treatment with penicillin is 100% effective. Clindamycin is rarely if ever indicated for strep infections due to its side effects and the availability of less toxic meds. ...Read more
Weeks: If it affects the heart- it would take weeks to years. ...Read more
Which type?: There is strep A, a well known cause of throat infections; strep B, a common transient germ in the poo or female genital tract, and many others. I suppose you are interested in the genital strep B, which is randomly found in about 1/3 of women at any time. It is just a common germ found in nature picked up on your hands. You ingest the germ and it survives the gut to end up in other places. ...Read more
given zithromyocin for strep yesterday : took 2: today still can't swallow and my glands are bigger and more painful. Should I take 2 today or 1?
Prescribed amoxicillin for strep. Rapid test showed very very faint line. Took 1st dose @ 2 pm. Can I take second dose now a@ 11 pm instead of 2 am?
My 3 year old son is 32pounds and was given amoxicillin 400mg/5ml 100ml to take 5ml twice a day for strep. Take all&finish. Isn't the dosage too much
No, that dose is: Fine. There is a dosing range depending on the child's weight, which is 40-80 mg/kg/day. He is 14.5 kg, so this dose is 55mg/kg/day, which is perfectly fine. ...Read more
Not a good idea: You? Have some abx left over from another illness that you didn't finish or you have some from a friend. You also do not know that you have strep by doing a confirmatory test. Treatment for strep is to prevent long term complications which requires a full treatment course. If you don't have it, you don't need to treat. If you do, the short amount you have won't stop complications. ...Read more
Keflex: First, be sure you are really (or still) allergic to penicillin. Second, make sure you really have strep throat (some people have strep in their throat all the time!). Then your doctor can choose from several different cephalosporins. The cheapest one is the generic form of keflex. Zithromax is a distant third choice because rarely the bacteria are resistant. ...Read more
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