If I'm allergic to penicillin, what can I take for my sore throat?

Zithromax or others. Mild throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, irritation, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it was likely allergies, irritation, or a mild cold. Doctors have rapid 5-minute tests for strep. A primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start non-penicillin antibiotics (such as zithromax, or sometimes Omnicef (cefdinir) or keflex).
Lots of things. Most sore throats are not due to strep. The first step is to get tested to make sure you have strep. If you do there are many other antibiotics that will work including cefzil, (cefprozil) Keflex and omnicef.
Alternatives exist. If your throat infection is caused by a streptococcus and you're allergic to penicillin, your doctor will be able to prescribe an adequate alternative such as erythromycin.

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I had a sore throat for 8 days now shall I take penicillin?

Probably not. Most sore throats are viral. They can be from post nasal drip or just viral infection in throat. Rarely bacterial tonsillitis or strep throat is the cause. These have more pain, difficulty swallowing, absence of cough, fever associated. See your doctor if your throat continues to hurt. Read more...

I have had a sore throat/cough/white spots on tonsils for 7days. I went to the doctor on day3, step rest was negative, prescribed zpack of azithromyacin (allergic to penicillin). Finishing zpack tomorrow, but only feel worse. Throat is more swollen, way m

Could be mono. If you continue to feel poorly you should go back for a recheck. Sometimes mono can give these kind of symptoms. Mono is not a scary thing, it will usually pass on its own. If it is a more severe severe case there are some medications that can help. It can be associated with some other problems so it would be good to be checked if you do not get better. Read more...

Severe sore throat on the left side for 7 days. No improvement been on penicillin for almost three full days.

Virus. Unfortunately, most sore throats are caused by viral infections rather than bacterial infections such as Strep throat. Viral infections do not respond to penicillin. Hot showers, hot tea, gargling, and throat lozenges all help reduce the pain. If it persists, you will need to see your doctor for re-evaluation. Best wishes! Read more...

I had strep throat and was put on penicillin for 10 days and finished my last dose a week ago and still have a lesser degree sore throat, I'm concerne?

Sore throat. How was strep diagnosed? If not done by culture it may not have been the cause of the sore throat. There are also some persons who have strep throat, and are simultaneously colonized with staph or other organisms that produce enzymes that destroy penicillin, rendering treatment useless. See your doctor and get re-examined. Good luck. Read more...

Sore throat for a week or so and abscessed tooth takin penicillin for tooth help?!

Maybe not. Minor sore throat is often from a viral infection which is not affected by antibiotics. If you have a fever and a significant sore throat, you may have strep throat, which needs to be evaluated and tested (cultured) by your physician. Read more...
See dentist. The abscess may be coming from an infection in yor tooth which won't go away if you need a root canal penicillin may only control it not eliminate the problem. Read more...

My 5 yr old has now had 4 course of penicillin for a recurring sore throat/ strep. Looks like his coming down with it again. Anymore explications?

Carrier vs resistent. Many times a recurrent symptomatic strep can be resolved by a 2 step treatment, a penicillin or cephalosporin followed on the last 4 days by using rifampin. If this works, fine. If you are testing + for strep but not sick with it, you could be a carrier ; the 2 step may help but not stop returning to carrier status.5 documented strep/yr will get the attention of many ent's ; a tonsil removal. Read more...

I had a sore throat 2 weeks ago, GP gave me 500mg penicillin 3x day. I felt cured when taking them, now sore throat has come back. What should I do?

Have Strep test done. It is possible your recurrence of a sore throat is due to a viral infection and would only need supportive treatment. However, if your Strep test is positive it could mean a strain resistant to the penicillin group of antibiotics & you would need an alternative. Read more...