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Posted by: MG | 14/03/2019

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Flu and strep at the same time

I have been diagnosed with strep and flu. I started amoxicillin today (1 dose). I had flu shot before and no symptoms of flu other than sore throat and some fatigue. I have some discomfort in rob cage and abdomen. Should I go to ER or wait until morning? Is it common to have flu+strep? I am so scared that I can’t even sleep.

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Posted 14/03/2019

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Hi there
I hope that you are feeling better by now. It is possible that you only have the strep infection or flu and not necessarily both. You can only confirm the diagnosis by doing a swab test and sending it away to the lab, so I doubt if you have both. The symptoms can be very similar. If you are experiencing worsening symptoms in the chest and abdomen or a fever that does not want to break, then rather go back to the doctor. Otherwise try and rest as far as possible and complete the course of antibiotics. Good luck and I hope that you feel better soon. 
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