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Azithromycin For Throat Infection

azithromycin for throat infection


Strep throat is an infection of your throat and tonsils, the two small tissue masses in the back of your throat. The infection can cause symptoms such as sore throat, swollen glands, fever, loss of appetite, and white spots on your tonsils.

Strep throat is caused by bacteria, so it’s treated with an antibiotic. Treatment with an antibiotic can shorten the amount of time you have strep throat symptoms and decrease the spread of infection to other people. Z-Pak is a form of the brand-name drug Zithromax. It’s an antibiotic that can treat strep throat, though it’s not a common choice for this infection.

The Best Antibiotics For Strep Throat

Streptococcal pharyngitis or “strep throat” occurs when a certain type of bacterial infection causes the tissues at the back of your mouth and throat to become inflamed, irritated and sore. It is caused by a bacteria called group A streptococcus or GAS. Unlike most other common causes of sore throat, strep throat is treated with a course of antibiotics to fight the infection and prevent rare complications.

Who Is At Risk?

Strep throat can occur at any age but is most common among children and young adults. Infection rates peak during the late fall, winter and early spring. Strep throat is contagious and can be spread amongst individuals having close contact such as family members or those in a school or daycare setting.

Strep Throat Symptoms

The most frequently reported symptoms of strep throat include throat pain, red swollen tonsils, whitish patches at the back of the throat, pain or difficulty with swallowing, swollen tender lymph nodes (glands) in the neck and fever. Strep throat can sometimes cause a rash and upset stomach or nausea.

Diagnosis And Strep Throat Treatment

Strep throat is generally diagnosed when your doctor performs a medical history and examination. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between viral sore throats and strep throat just based on symptoms and examination findings. In these cases your doctor may perform a throat swab that can detect if the strep bacteria is present. When a sore throat is diagnosed as strep throat a course of antibiotics is prescribed to treat the infection. Sometimes over the counter medications are given to help with pain and fever. Importantly, aspirin should not be given to children and adolescents with suspected strep throat as it may lead to a potentially serious illness called Reye’s syndrome.

Antibiotics Used For Strep Throat

Once you know for sure that you have strep throat, your doctor can give prescribe antibiotics for you. Some of the most common include:

Penicillin - Unless you are allergic to it, penicillin is the first antibiotic choice for treating strep throat.

Amoxicillin - A broader spectrum form of penicillin, amoxicillin may be more effective and convenient for some patients.

Amoxicillin Clavulanate Potassium - Amoxycillin clavulanate potassium is more frequently used to treat recurring cases of strep throat.

Azithromycin - Azithromycin is best used for those who are allergic penicillin or tried penicillin with no results.

Clarithromycin - Clarithromycin goes by the brand name Biaxin and may act as a good alternative for those with penicillin allergies.

Clindamycin - Clindamycin is effective for those who are allergic to penicillin or have a case of strep throat that is resistant to penicillin.

Cefdiner - Branded as Omnicef, research suggests that a five-day course of cefdinir is equal to a ten-day regimen with pencillin.

Antibiotics not suitable for treating strep throat include fluoroquinolones, metronidazole, tetracyclines, and trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole.

How Plushcare Works

Video chat with a doctor and take a picture of your throat.

The doctor can diagnose a likely case of Strep and call in a prescription for antibiotics if needed.

Pick up your prescription, if needed, at your pharmacy, and be on the road to feeling better.

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