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Just finished a z pack for strep throat. The white spots are gone from my tonsils but a painful yellowish area remains on the side of my throat.

Just finished a z pack for strep throat. The white spots are gone from my tonsils but a painful yellowish area remains on the side of my throat.

Needs evaluation: Usually tonsillitis and ear infections "feel better" within 2-3 days and viruses typically don't last more than 10 days. You should return to the doctors office. ...Read more

Azithromycin (Definition)

Azithromycin (zithromax, azithrocin, zmax, azin)[1] is an azalide, a subclass of macrolide antibiotics. Azithromycin is one of the world's best-selling antibiotics.[2][not in citation given (see discussion.)] it is derived from erythromycin, with a methyl-substituted nitrogen atom incorporated into the lactone ring, thus making ...Read more


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I've got strep throat and started z-pak today. Do I have to take the entire pack?

I've got strep throat and started z-pak today. Do I have to take the entire pack?

Yes: The symptoms will improve whether or not you take any medication. The considerable complications that can occur after strep can occur if you do not complete your medication. At one dose a day i would think it is not to difficult to complete the rx.Trying to "save some" for next time can put you at risk. ...Read more

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Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again(prescribed Zithromax z pack)& is oatmeal and hot wheat cereal ok 2 eat?

Strep throat and wanted 2 know how long it'll take to swallow comfortably again(prescribed Zithromax z pack)& is oatmeal and hot wheat cereal ok 2 eat?

Yes: The reason Y we worry about sore throats caused by group A beta hemolytic streptococci is that, if untreated, 1-3% go on to develop rheumatic heart disease. Unless you are allergic to penicillin it has been found to be sensitive (killed by it) to pen since 1947! Unless you have a problem with oatmeal, eat it. Pain should disappear quickly. Can take Ibuprofen 4 pain in mean time. ...Read more

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Was diagnsd with strep throat and comp. a z pack (penicillin allergy). I have since dvlpd very painful sores on the roof of my mouth only. Normal?

Was diagnsd with strep throat and comp. a z pack (penicillin allergy).  I have since dvlpd very painful sores on the roof of my mouth only.  Normal?

Not usually: Although a drug reaction called Stevens Johnson Syndrome usually affects the mucous membrane, I suspect that your current problem is just a progression of the initial viral infection causing the sore throat (assuming that strep was not documented). If the problem persists, see your doctor or a dentist. In the meanwhile , ask your doctor if you should continue with ZPak. ...Read more

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I'm on a z pack for strep since yesterday. But my throat still hurts just as much-no relief yet. Is this normal?

I'm on a z pack for strep since yesterday. But my throat still hurts just as much-no relief yet. Is this normal?

It takes a few: days for the antibiotic to work,but a zpack is not great against strep. See how it goes,and if you don't get better,get a different antibiotic for strep ...Read more

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My throat has been hurting off and on for about two months. Strep test neg. Finished z pack sunday and now have huge white patches on throat. Advice?

My throat has been hurting off and on for about two months. Strep test  neg. Finished z pack sunday and now  have huge white patches on throat. Advice?

Monilia: You probably are having fungal overgrowth as a result of recent antibiotic treatment. A less likely cause would be mononucleosis. Based on your history you may have a viral cause of your sore throat and didn't need the antibiotics in the first place. See the doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I was just prescribed Z Pak for reoccurring Strep Throat. Is it safe for me to take an Aleve (naproxen) D while taking the Z Pak?

I was just prescribed Z Pak for reoccurring Strep Throat. Is it safe for me to take an Aleve (naproxen) D while taking the Z Pak?

YES.: Assuming you aren't allergic to Aleve (Naproxen) or similar NSAID medications like Motrin (Iburofen) or aspirin, you can take it with ZPack. You may not need the D part of the Aleve D. It is a nasal decongestant that you might not need and has side effects like jitteriness and sleep disturbance. ...Read more

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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


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