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Strep Throat (cont.)

Strep Throat Follow-up

If the rapid strep test is negative after an initial visit to a health care practitioner, a throat culture is generally sent to a lab for further testing. The health care practitioner should contact the patient if the throat culture results are positive for strep throat. In this case, a course of antibiotics will be prescribed.

It is important to report any side effects while taking antibiotics. Any rash, swelling of the lips and tongue, or difficulty breathing may indicate an allergic reaction to the particular antibiotic prescribed. If any of these symptoms develop, discontinue the antibiotic and consult a health care practitioner immediately.

The symptoms of strep throat should generally begin to improve after 3 to 4 days. If symptoms are not improving, or if symptoms worsen, the patient should contact a health care practitioner.

A small number of cases of strep throat may be caused by bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic that you were prescribed. If this is the case, symptoms may not improve and a health care practitioner should prescribe a different type of antibiotic.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/27/2013
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