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is strep throat contagious airborne

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Dr. Eugene Saltzberg
48 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Yes, very!
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Davis
35 years experience Dentistry
Strep: Very.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Yes it is. Generally thru close contact through aerosol spread from breathing, sneezing, etc. Also perhaps through contact with a glass, toothbrush an ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Halpern
41 years experience Periodontics
Very contagious: Don't kiss cough or share eating utensils with people. Wash your hands often. Gargle with listerine without alcohol several times per day. Use a salin ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Usually not: This germ is in the mucous secretions of the carriers. They might be able to cough a few out, but they would dry out soon & die. Most pick it up t ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Most would consider a patient contagious for a period of 24 hrs after the start of therapy.This would include the shot.After that time, spread is much ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lonna Larsh
29 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Generally it is, whether caused by a virus or a bacteria. Some people are more susceptible than others.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
In some people...: ...Strep throat causes a rash in addition to other symptoms. It is then called scarlet fever. Except for the rash, it is the same disease.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The term communicable means it can be spread to others. This is a common example of this process.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Camacho
23 years experience Family Medicine
Laryngitis: Laryngitis is usually caused by a virus, this virus is spread just as easily as the common cold.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
Vaginal Strep : No, vaginal strep is not contagious.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: If it's in your saliva, it can be spread, whether you are symptomatic or not.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, but only by not being or avoiding exposure. Good handwashing and staying away from people with strep are the only prevention measures that may wo ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Yes!: Majority of "strep throat" occurs in winter and spring.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: Some throat cancers are linked to HPV but unlike cancer of the cervix, the relationship is soft and nobody's recommending condoms for people who kiss. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If untreated it is: Possible. 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 antibiotic ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hilary Petersel
17 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Historically, Infectious mononucleosis has been referred to as the kissing disease as mainly teenagers and college age children were affected and tran ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sinus infection: If your sinusitis is due to a general viral infection, then yes it is transmissible through intimate contact.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
November to March: Strep throat picks up at this time of year primarily because of retruning and being in school.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by either viruses or bacteria is contagious.
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