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Staph Infection In Throat
Dear Doctor
My 18 year old son is away at college and he has been ill for the past 2 weeks with a fever and v.sore throat.  

A week ago he had a throat culture taken and he has just been diagnosed with Staph Infection in the throat. In spite of being given a general antibiotic, his fever and sore throat has continued.  I am concerned that this comes on top of a bad bout of hives (3 weeks ago)that covered his body. The hives seemed to go away after a few days of taking an antihistimine.  

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1. Could the hives be related to the staph infection?
2. If the symptoms have persevered for 8 days after starting an antibiotic, is this proof that it is not working?
3. He is terribly run down and unable to sleep due to the fever and sore throat - could something else more serious be wrong?

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