Many patients with strep throat get an antibiotic dosed more frequently than necessary

Many patients with strep throat get an antibiotic dosed more frequently than necessary.

Most sore throats are viral. Discourage antibiotics if a patient complains of cough, runny nose, hoarseness, or oral ulcers.

Explain that testing before starting antibiotics is important to avoid unnecessary treatment and side effects...diarrhea or rash.

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