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how long after starting antibiotics for strep throat are you contagious

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Contagious: You will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Treated vs not: Most accept 24 hours on meds as the point where someone is no longer contagious to others through passive contact. Untreated patients may be continuou ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not necessarily: Unless a complication has occurred due to lack of tx.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Antibiotics: It won't be immediate, but usually within 1-2 days, you should start to feel some improvement. If you don't, you should be seen by your provider. In ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
STREP TONSILLITIS: Strep throat responds easily to antibiotics like penvk and can render you less contagious on the 2nd day but you have to finish it until 10 days for c ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Neigatha Graney
36 years experience Pediatrics
2 - 5 Days: "Strep throat" is caused by a bacterial infection with Group A Streptococcus. The period between intial infection with bacteria and appearance of sym ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: There are some people who carry strep A year round and never get fever or throat pain. They are contagious year round, as is anyone who has it and rem ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
About that: The throat pain may not match the progress of the infection. Chloraseptic or Cepacol sprays can help w/pain, so can Cepacol or Sucrets lozenges.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Romeo
18 years experience Wound care
She may not be.: Recurrent strep infections can mean the patient is colonized with the bacteria in her throat. You may not be at risk...But good hand washing and weari ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Penicillin still #1: Despite being the oldest antibiotic, it is still the medicine of choice for treating strep throat infection. It is not 100%, but still the "standard o ... Read More
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