I know that lots of you are not doctors or medical professionals, though some of you are. I could use some advice, professional and not.
I went to the doctor three weeks ago today sick with typical cold symptoms: sore throat, cough, nose swollen just about shut and very congested. No fever at all that I’d noticed, but the nurse practitioner (the only person I could get in to see) commented that my lymph nodes were a little swollen. She did a rapid strep test: negative. She mentioned that they would also do a throat culture. I agreed - never had strep as an adult, but just in case. She prescribed Augmentin, which I had filled and took for the full 10 days, every dose.
Fast forward three weeks to today. Around noon, I get a call from the doctor’s office that the longer-term throat culture grew bacteria, and they wanted to put me on Flagyl starting today. (I’m guessing because untreated strep can come with some nasty side effects, rheumatic fever and glomuleronephritis (or whatever that is) being most prominent). Flagyl’s list of side effects is long and quite nasty. I am not enthusiastic about taking it for other reasons also.
How much benefit, if any, would there be to taking Flagyl at this point? I read that antibiotic treatment is effective for preventing rheumatic fever if taken within 9 days of the onset of infection, and I did have Augmentin.
Is the prescription just a cover-your-butt maneuver since they seem to have left my test results sitting on someone’s desk for an additional 19 days?