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Why Isn’t My Antibiotic Working?Part IYour throat hurts, and it’s been hurting for the last 24 hours, getting progressively worse. You’re worried because you were just visiting your cousin last weekend, and his 4-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with strep throat. You know it’s pretty contagious, and your cousin called as soon as his daughter was diagnosed. “Ugh,” you think. You don’t want to go to the doctor; it takes time, and you’re busy with school and work. But your throat is on fire,and you know that strep throat, if left untreated, can cause problems far worse than a sore throat and can even lead to death. You head to urgent care. Once there, the doctor does a quick examination and then a throat swab. “We’ll do a rapid strep test,” she says, “and your results will be back in about 15 minutes. Do you have any drug allergies?” You answer, “Yes, to penicillin.” You try to forget the day you turned bright red and swelled up like a chipmunk over several hours. Fifteen minutes later the doctor