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can you have strep throat without white spots

A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and no: Some of the most painful sore throats are caused by viruses, like the mono virus.And these have no response to antibiotics. Gargle with some salty wat ... Read More
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
It is possible for: Streptococcus Group A to cause a sore throat and fever with findings of redness without pus. It is also possible to be a carrier of "strep" & have ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Difficult answer: From 5-20% of the general population will be symptom free strep carriers at different times of the year. These do not show blood tests showing an immu ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Strep : If you mean can you get strep again the answer is yeS.J.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bin Sung
Dr. Bin Sung answered
33 years experience Pediatrics
Not always Strep: I recommend you go get strep test or even strep culture again as white spots do not indicate strep. Viral infection can present with white spots also.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Could be: White spots on the tonsils could be food particles. The only way to be sure of strep throat is a throat culture. Tonsillitis is a specific diagnosis ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No...but: The flu and strep are different germs. Symptoms can be similar in some, but a person can also have both at the same time. Only proper testing can sepa ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
White spots: The white spots in your throat arent necessarily due to strep. The exsudate may in fact, be due to a virus. You should see your doctor for a culture f ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Maybe: mainly the white spots are on the inside of the cheeks, but can be on the throat too, strep throat is different in that the spots are round and smalle ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Can be tested: While it is true mono will take months to show, your "immediate" label is confusing. It would suggest an allergic response rather than a disease which ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
History: Suggests mono or kissing disease that may linger for a while and remains viral, being caused by EBV. Sometimes viral diseases are complicated by bacte ... Read More

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