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Rise in strep throat cases causing a shortage of antibiotics

Ibuprofen and Tylenol are good short-term substitutes if antibiotics aren't immediately available.

ST. LOUIS — A rise in strep throat cases is causing a shortage of antibiotics at pharmacies.

"We are seeing a shortage in a lot of medications," Meghan Ames, Urgent Care for Kids in Wentzville owner said. "We use (antibiotics) to treat strep and sometimes pharmacies don't have them."

The pediatric nurse practitioner said she's advising parents on creative methods to treat sick kids.

"We will prescribe capsules instead of liquids," Ames said. "Then have (parents) sprinkle that on food, peanut butter, Nutella so they can take the medications without us having to switch the actual antibiotic we are using."

Greater Health Pharmacy and Wellness
in the Delmar Divine building said they have enough medicine on the shelves to treat the rising number of patients.

"When you do take the antibiotics ... make sure you are finishing the full course ... so you don't create anti-biotic resistance when you do take them," Marina Maguire, Greater Health Pharmacy and Wellness pharmacist said.

The black owned pharmacy is strategically placed in a predominantly minority community. The pharmacy will have its grand opening on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

"We are trying to make the Delmar divide become the Delmar divine," Maguire said. "We are really here to create patient centric care for that community and help any marginalized community feel more welcome."

Healthcare workers said strep is noticeably higher than in recent years. 

Make sure your kids are washing hands and doing their best NOT to share germs. If antibiotics are unavailable, Ibuprofen and Tylenol are good short-term substitutes.

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