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I tested positive for strep Monday. Started a 5 day z pack.

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Hello. I tested positive for strep Monday. Started a 5 day z pack. It's Thursday and I feel no better. Actually a bit worse and my throat and glands are so swollen and painful. Dr said to finish z pack and gave me an rx for prednisone for the inflammation. Second opinion please. Should I be on a different antibiotic???
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

I would follow your doctor's advice.

and finish off the azithromycin antibiotic

and take a probiotic to prevent diarrhea

and take the prednisone with food in your stomach to help decrease the inflammation

if after the azithromycin course of therapy, you still have sore throat, you need a repeat throat culture at that point to see if you still have strep throat

but I bet the antibiotic will help clear out the infection

sometimes infections can get worse before they get better.

you can also gargle regularly with salt water as well

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