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How do doctors treat bacterial throat infections if I have allergies?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Penicillin and amoxicillin are the treatments of choice for bacterial throat infections. However, some people are allergic to penicillin. They may also be allergic to amoxicillin, which is a similar drug. These people can be given alternate antibiotics, such as cephalexin, erythromycin, or azithromycin. All of these drugs are effective in eliminating throat infections. It remains important to take a full ten-day course of antibiotics.

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