Patient discussion about pharyngitis

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Q. Is it really necessary to take antibiotic the whole week?

Three days ago my 10 years-old son had a sore throat, after a very short examination the doctor said my son has pharyngitis and that he has to take antibiotics for ten days. He took it for two days and now he no long has any sore throat- Why does he have to take the antibiotic for so long? I don’t want him to take too many medications…
A1In order to prevent the complications that the simple sore throat may have in the future, it’s very important to take the medication the whole 10 days. Even though it seems it’s no longer necessary- it is.
A2I wasn’t in the examination room, but usually in cases such as you described doctors prescribed antibiotics not to cure the sore throat but more to prevent other diseases that may be caused by the germs that cause the sore throat. That’s why the doctor thinks your son should keep taking the antibiotics although he no longer has sore throat.
A3100% vital. If the bacteria survive due to insufficient dosage they will become stronger as a result and the problem will worsen
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