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MareeRe posted:
I had a sore throat with white on my tonsils, The quick strep test was negative but the throat culture came back and said I had a staph infection in my throat. I was put on Amoxicillin a few days ago is this enough to cure the infection. and I am worried about passing this to my daughter. I am really freaking out about this and my dr. hasn't taken the time to explain anything to me. I just need to know some information so I can sleep tonight.
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
WebMD health experts are not on-line 24/7 and may be in a different time zone than you...so, I did not get this message until this AM -- not enough time to help you sleep.

Many times, but the time you have been diagnosed, if you were going to spread an infection, it already happened. So, if your daughter seems fine, she most likely did not get infected. Exposure to an infectious organism does not necessarily imply a person will get it.

Do you know what KIND of Staph? And, do you know if the culture report had a sensitivity done (this is a test to determine which antibiotic is most appropriate). I would need this information to answer your question. If you are worried about MRSA...a drug-resistant Staph, it would be nice to know if this is what cultured out. Many types of Staph, like the kind on our skin, is not that pathogenic....we get exposed to this organism everyday.
 
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MareeRe responded:
They told me it was not MRSA and that was about it. THey said if I still had symptoms after I am done with the Amoxicillin then I need to be reevaluated. I've been on the Amoxicillin since Friday afternoon and my tonsils are not a pretty sight. I feel very fatigued and weak. I'm wondering if I need to go to them sooner. Is it common to get a staph infection in the throat, should I get a copy of the report to have?
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Staph can happen just about anywhere, so don't get too excited just yet....wait and see if you improve and your subsequent culture is negative. There are certainly other, stronger antibiotic choices that can be prescribed if necessary.

Did they run a mono test on you?
 
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MareeRe responded:
You know they told me my subsequent culture was indeed staph but when I asked them if it was MRSA they said no. I am on amoxicillin until Sun and then on Mon I will see them if I am not feeling better. Can it wait until then. Does this stuff spread through your body? I had Mono as a child so doesn't that mean I can't get it again. They haven't tested me for that. I am not trying to sound crazy it's just I am a single parent right now so I rarely have time to get sick and when I do it's a burden for my family. I just want to know if I can wait until Monday to see the dr. I appreciate all of your feedback because you are a blessing to do what you do. Thank you!
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Now, you are asking me questions that I cannot answer....

Unfortunately, since I really do not know anything about you, your complete medical history (just the pieces you have shared), or more importantly, have any way of examining you, it is not possible to be able to answer these patient specific questions, such as "Can I wait until Monday?" There are just too many diagnostic considerations that cannot be sorted out via the Internet.

As much as I would like to help, you will need to get that specific advice directly from the doctor who is currently treating you. Again, I do not know enough of the details of your case to give you that "okay to wait" advice.

If you had mono as a child (assuming you were properly diagnosed), this should not be an issue, but your doctor could order an EBV titer (a blood test that determines if that mono virus is active again).
 
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MareeRe responded:
I woke up and I actually feel better than what I have been. I know it's got to be hard when people ask you questions that you simply cannot answer without actually seeing them. Thank you for your feedback.
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Feeling better is certainly a good sign......
 
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JennS88 responded:
Can a staph infection spread from nose to throat?
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Yes. Most definitely.
 
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cw1003 responded:
The service you offer at WebMD is great. When should you bring a child to the doctor when the complain of a sore throat? (He has no fever and I can't see good in his throat, acting fine)
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
I don't know the age of your child, but the vast majority of sore throats in children are self-limiting viral infections. They do NOT respond to antibiotics and improve on about day 3-4. If the throat looks good and he is acting fine, then waiting a few days is very prudent.

Strep throats typically look bad -- bright red, or red with spots (petechiae), horrible breath, fever, upset stomach, etc. However, if your child has been directly exposed to strep, having a rapid strep screen or culture would be recommended.

In the meantime, ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, gargling, hydration, and hang in there a few more days.
 
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123Steph responded:
My son was just diagnosed with staph infection in the throat and I am really worried, his throat looks terrible. Is it normal to have a cough along with the staph infection? It is a very dry cough and it seems to be getting worse. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Are you sure it is Staph, and if so, what KIND of Staph? A cough can be common with any sore throat since the irriation in the throat can trigger coughing, but if you feel he is geting worse, you will need to contact the medical provider who is treating him. He will need to be re-examined -- not something that I can do from this end of the Internet
 
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123Steph responded:
Unfortunately, they did not tell me what type of staph infection is, and of course it is Friday evening, figures ... We just gave him the first dose of antibiotics, and he just started having diarrhea on top of everything else ... we called his doctor, she said it's probably just a reaction to the antibiotics and to just keep him hydrated. We are supposed to take him in again on Monday for another throat swab but if he doesn't feel better tomorrow, I will take him to the ER to get a second opinion. Thank you so much.


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