... to ward off any flu or strep that may be coming on?
17 Nov 2010
No you shouldn't.
Most sore throats are caused by viruses and your amoxicillin will be ineffective.
Antibiotics are only effective in treating bacterial throat infections - the most common being Strep throat.
If you were to have a bacterial throat infection you would have other symptoms including a fever (greater than 101°F), white, draining patches on the throat, and swollen or tender lymph glands in the neck. You will need a lab test to diagnose strep throat.
A sore throat is more likely to be caused by a virus if it is a minor part of a typical cold (with runny nose, stuffy ears, cough, and similar symptoms).
You should see your doctor if you have the symptoms of Strep throat.
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