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Why would a doctor not give antibiotics to cure the child's sore throat?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
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In brief: Strep throat

Strep throat is one of the few sore throats that are treatable.
Many are caused by viruses and some are from mouth breathing, post nasal drip and other minor issues. Antibiotics are not necessary if the sore throat is not caused by strep.

In brief: Strep throat

Strep throat is one of the few sore throats that are treatable.
Many are caused by viruses and some are from mouth breathing, post nasal drip and other minor issues. Antibiotics are not necessary if the sore throat is not caused by strep.
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Ineffective

Most sore throats in kids are triggered by a number of viruses.
Antibiotics do not kill or prevent viruses from running their course. A quick office test can detect group A streptococcus, which would benefit from antibiotics, but if this is negative, they are unnecessary.Use of antibiotics for viral infections is why we have more antibiotic resistant germs today.

In brief: Ineffective

Most sore throats in kids are triggered by a number of viruses.
Antibiotics do not kill or prevent viruses from running their course. A quick office test can detect group A streptococcus, which would benefit from antibiotics, but if this is negative, they are unnecessary.Use of antibiotics for viral infections is why we have more antibiotic resistant germs today.
Dr. James Ferguson
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