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sarah asked...

I have strep b - and

I have strep b - and am now on my 3rd course of antibiotics but still no better - can you adivse on any alternative method to try and clear.

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The answer

Hi Sarah, thank you for contacting health at hand.

Streptococcal infections are type of infections caused by the streptococcus (strep) group of bacteria. Infections can vary in severity and are found in the digestive system and female reproductive system. Infections in skin, urinary tract, bones, blood, lungs are likely. Those who are particularly susceptible are diabetics and the elderly.

Symptoms of most common infection (throat) include:

  • Sore, red throat
  • Fever, headache
  • Swollen lumps in the neck and beneath the jaw

Rarely, severe skin reactions can take place as result of death of soft tissue. The early symptoms include:

  • Minor cut or injury to the skin that appears infected
  • Pain in the injured area
  • Pain that is more severe than normal following an cut or injury
  • Flu-like symptoms e.g. diarrhoea, nausea, fever, confusion, dizziness and weakness
  • Intense thirst

If you experience several of these symptoms at once, it would be advisable to seek further medical assistance.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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