What is the most common reason for antibiotic failure in streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat)?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The most common reason for oral antibiotic failure for streptococcal pharyngitis is noncompliance. Use of the drug is often discontinued before the 10-day course is completed, because individuals usually appear to have recovered in 3-4 days. When oral treatment is prescribed, the necessity of completing a full course of therapy must be emphasized.


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