How fast do antibiotics work?

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How fast do antibiotics work?

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Antibiotics for strep work within 24-48 hours. If they are not working, you likely do not have strep. A lot of doctors say the patient has strep and the patient actually has a virus. Antibiotics do not kill viruses. Did your doctor do a strep test? Even if he did and it was positive you still may have a virus. Some people carry strep and it does not bother them and they get sore throats from viruses. If the throat was just red and not pussy, you likely did not have strep unless it was very early in the illness, like the first 1/2 day. Mononucleosis and other viruses can mimic strep. You should be checked for mono if you neck glands in the back of neck are huge, you are fatigued, and you have the worst pussy sore throat in your life. If the throat is just red, you have no fever or a low grade fever, and the blood vessels are more prominent, you probably have a virus. If your throat is swelling up more and more each day, one side is much more swollen than the other, and you may have diff