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What should I take for possible strep

A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glenn Skow
12 years experience Family Medicine
Usually up to 3 days: Time from exposure to symptoms is referred to as the incubation period. This period for strep throat is usually up to 3 days from contact.
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on You & exp: Group a strep is variable in its effect.During the year there are strep carriers around (5+/-%) who seem never to get sick but can pass it on.Asymptom ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Diamond
46 years experience Pediatrics
Up to a week: As soon as a day, as long as a week can be the incubation period.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
A few days: With a negative rapid strep test, probably the culture will also be negative for strep. Culture results typically take 2-5 days.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
30 years experience Pediatrics
Penicillin: For group a streptococcal infection of throat, a response is seen with penicillin in 24-48 hours.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
30 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Strep throat : You should see the doctor and be evaluated again, possibly with a rapid strep and/or a throat culture. Let the doctor decide if you need more medicati ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Call your doctor NOW: You really should start to feel better. Depending on the thpe of infection you have, it may have developed into something that requires further interv ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
36 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Within 7 days: Usually it will resolve within 7 days of treatment. It can be followed by mild peeling of the skin.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
No: Throat swab is fine for sore throat. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If yo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Within days: Most antibody response occurs within 10 days for most infections.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Archana Kayastha
27 years experience Pediatrics
Lymph node: It may take up to 1 to 3 weeks for the swollen lymph node to subside after you are done with antibiotics. If the lymph node is still bigger and painfu ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
7-10 days usually: If it is due to tonsillitis and you take antibiotics. Some people have "tonsilliths" (tonsil stones) which will not get better with antibiotics. Th ... Read More
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