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Strep Throat (Definition)

It's a throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics. There can be a number of other bacteria involved in addition to strep so a regular culture (not just a quick strep ...Read more


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I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

I want to know if Levaquin treats strep throat or bacterial pharyngitis since I'm allergic to penicillin and resistant to biaxin (clarithromycin)?.

Not a good choice: Levaquin is a broad spectrum antibiotic and usually preferred for more serious infections. Strep throat is usually still amenable to most first generation antibiotics. Being allergic to penicillin suggests u shd try a cephalosporin which shd help. Resistant to Biaxin (clarithromycin) is unlikely and erythromycins may still work. Relatively safer medications like clindamycin also exist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get strep throat three days after finishing a 10 day treatment of Levaquin (levofloxacin) Infusions?

Strep/Levaquin: LLake ~ anything is possible but I think it would be very unusual in this case. The most likely cause if your sore throat following high dose antibiotics, is a fungal overgrowth in the pharynx, because the antibiotic has probably been very effective in killing the commensal bugs in the throat allowing the fungi to dominate. A 10-day course of any anti-fungal will do. Must be oral and not topical t ...Read more

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Im allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin just got off 10 days of levaquin for strep didnt help sore throat time.have it back what can i take?

Im allergic to everything but cipro (ciprofloxacin) and levaquin  just got off 10 days of levaquin for strep didnt 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

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After taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days I'm still sick with sore throat and nausea fatigue lost my voice tested negative for strep. Could this be mono?

After taking levaquin (levofloxacin) for 10 days I'm still sick with sore throat and nausea fatigue lost my voice tested negative for strep. Could this be mono?

Possibilities: mono is a possibility. Also, numerous other viral causes for sore throat are possible. Levaquin (levofloxacin) would only treat a bacterial cause for your sore throat. Make sure to follow up again with your PCP for recheck and mono test as well as indicated. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat strep throat?

What can I do to treat strep throat?

Antibiotics: Untreated strep throat can lead to serious complications. Complications can include infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin & blood; scarlet fever, inflammation of the kidney (glomerulonephritis) & eventually rheumatic fever. Please see your physician for strep test/ culture. If strep +, you will need antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Which medicines can be used to treat strep throat?

Which medicines can be used to treat strep throat?

See below: Penicillin, amoxicillin, cephalosporins, and higher dose of zithromax are usual choices. One shot of benzathine penicillin is often utilized as well. ...Read more

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My roommate has strep throat, should I get treated before I get symptoms?

My roommate has strep throat, should I get treated before I get symptoms?

No: Continual pretreatment before proof of infection can only lead to resistance, superinfection and poor care.In addition to complications. ...Read more

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How to self treat strep throat?

How to self treat strep throat?

Self treatment: First you have to have access to culture material to make the diagnosis. Second, you have to have access to antibiotics. Then again, you can use symptomatic care by gargling with any variety of substances, take either Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and hope that you dont develop acute rheumatic fever, glomerulonephritis, or chorea in three to four weeks. ...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