strep and penicillin resistance

vhowitz.sas.upenn.edu vhowitz.sas.upenn.edu
Thu Jan 12 12:35:45 EST 1995


In article
<Pine.A32.3.91c.950109220224.38353E-100000 at homer03.u.washington.edu>,
Jamison Chochrek <drj at u.washington.edu> wrote:

> In any case, once you BEGIN an antibodic, you MUST use it as perscibed 
> for the the TIME perscribed.  The reason that we have antibiodic immune 
> strains is primarily from people who do NOT use as directed. If it says 
> ten days, go eleven if you can!!!!! The loaning of antibodics to people 
> is equally to blame!

Excuse me, I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry and am currently working in a
microbiology lab.  My son has taken all his antibiotic and for the
prescribed time- now for two rounds.  This morning he woke up with another
sore throat. Something else is obviously going on here since this species
of strep doesn't acquire penicillin resistence very often. The M.D.'s
should be taking throat cultures from my whole family, including the dog.
However they keep resisting the idea. This is an HMO so they are just
trying to save the few bucks the cultures would cost. By the way, this is
Greater Atlantic HMO in Philadelphia, in case anyone is interested.



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