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how long am I contageous after getting strep

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

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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Generally 24 hours: Once on the antibiotic for 24 hours is typically when schools allow students to go back to class, but i would also recommend reducing your exposure t ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: The general rule is 24 hours for public exposure. However, you might want to avoid deep smooching with your spouse & family members for a few days ... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Strep pneumonia: The most common cause of community acquired pneumonia is Strep pneumonia. This you usually acquire following an upper respiratory infection or through ... Read More
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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Spread : From a throat or other upper respiratory infection into the lungs . Also can be spread by contact with other infected individuals.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Spread, from where?: While spread from others is commonly emphasized; for many (most?) infections, the bigger issue is immune system (essential for protection from cancer, ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Conflict: Is it viral or bacterial? Usually for 48 hours on antibiotics if bacterial.
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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.
A 6-year-old female asked:
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
At least 24 hours: You are correct. The aap red book, our infectious disease reference, indicates at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics before school or daycare a ... Read More
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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 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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