HomeAnswersFamily Physicianstrep a testIs there a chance my wife and I could still contract strep throat despite taking the medications while caring for our baby who had strep?

What are the chances of contracting strep throat even after testing negative previously?

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Published At August 14, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I just wanted to inquire about the likelihood of contracting strep throat. Last week, my daughter was diagnosed with strep. Further, my father-in-law received the same diagnosis. My wife and I visited our doctor due to ear infections, and although we tested negative for strep, we were prescribed a Z-pack. Now, this week my brother-in-law has been diagnosed with strep. I am wondering if there is still a possibility that my wife and I could get strep even though we were taking the Z-pack. I do not want to tempt fate, but we took care of the baby all last week, and I tested negative twice while my wife also had a negative test. Are we in the clear, or is there still a chance of contracting it? My brother-in-law's doctor seems to believe that since the rest of the household uses antibiotics, we should all be okay. Please help.

Hello,

Welcome to iCliniq.com.

I have read your query and can understand your concerns.

Strep throat is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus.

Z-pack refers to Azithromycin, which is an antibiotic. Azithromycin can be used as a prophylactic measure to prevent the transmission of strep throat. However, it is not 100 percent effective, so there is still a risk of contracting the infection.

I hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

Regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shinas Hussain A. P
Dr. Shinas Hussain A. P

General Practitioner

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