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Staph infection in throat
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.
jadeky31 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
If Amoxicillin does not cover Staph....can I still be contagious? Is there any reason why the doctor wouldn't have automatically had me come back in for more tests? There are 5 other people in my house I don't want to get sick. Other than obsessive hand washing, covering my mouth when coughing or sneezing, are there any other precautions I should be taking?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to jadeky31's response:
I don't have enough information to know if you are contagious. Remember, that some Staph can be "normal flora"....we all can have it.

As far as precautions are concerned, you are doing a great job. Don't kiss anyone or allow someone to drink after you if the source of your Staph is in the throat.
lisarfryer replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
hi dr. rod,
i had a viral infection, as well as an apparent staph infection in my throat a week and a half ago. i went to urgent care, and the NP had amox tr-k clv 875-125 mg prescribed. i did get better, but now am feeling like it's coming back. how long should i wait before calling my primary care physician?
thanks for any help you can offer
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to lisarfryer's response:
If you think "it" is coming back, you should see your medical provider now....and get a THROAT CULTURE this time....before any antibiotics are used, so you will know if it is Staph or ?

Gargle. Take some ibuprofen. And, get an appointment with your medical provider so you can be properly examined, diagnosed, and treated.
Jenmom2grls replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I am taking microbiology and we did throat cultures last week. We looked at them today and my instructor said mine had staph in it. He said that it was normal to have it in the throat, but no one else in the class had it. What does this mean?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Jenmom2grls's response:
What KIND of Staph? Some species are considered normal flora/
Jenmom2grls replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
We didn't test to see what kind, but I was concerned because no one else in the class had it.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to Jenmom2grls's response:
Your microbiology teacher is not a medical provider. If you are concerned about this Staph, I would suggest that you see one so that you can be properly re-tested. Correlating lab tests with clinical findings is really the only way to know if your Staph is something that needs to be treated.
gabedja0623 replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
My 19 year old daughter has been diagnosed with a throat staph infection 3 times in the last 4 months. This last infection has been so bad that she has been to the emergency room twice. She is away at college so it is difficult for me to speak to any of the doctors that she sees. I would like to take her to the doctor when she comes home again but I am unsure of what specialist I should be taking her to. Would it be an immunologist ( I suspect she my have a problem with her immune system) , an ENT, or an infectious disease doctor. Her infections have been getting progressively worse each time to the point where they put her on morphine for the pain in her throat.

They did run a test for mono this last time (negative) and it was cultured but it will take about 4 days. In the meantime they have put her on Sulfameth/Trimethoprim and Amoxicillin until the results come back and know what it is sensitive to. The last time they had to change the antibiotic after we received the results.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to gabedja0623's response:
An ENT or an infectious disease specialist (or both) would be helpful. Make sure that she brings all of her test results and a copy of her medical records when she come home, and make the appointment now for a consultation.

It would be nice to now the type of Staph. Does she have her tonsils? What kind of mono test? The EBV panel is the most accurate.....

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