What are disadvantages of early treatment of pediatric pharyngitis?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Harold K Simon, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Disadvantages of early treatment include the following:

  • Early therapy may lead to a higher failure rate secondary to an inability to create an immune response to the infection

  • Rheumatic fever may still be prevented if antibiotic therapy is initiated within 9 days of symptom onset [10]

  • Possible drug reactions and expenses may be avoided by refraining from immediately treating cases caused by pathogens other than GABHS (viruses in particular)


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