How is streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) managed if treatment fails and symptoms recur?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Treatment failures are uncommon but may occur. If symptoms recur, the throat should be recultured and another course of treatment should be prescribed, preferably with an oral cephalosporin. An asymptomatic carrier state, as evidenced by positive throat culture results obtained on a weekly basis, is not treated with antibiotics.


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