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What to do if exposed to strep throat

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Specific infection: A strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat (pharynx), tonsils or both caused by the bacteria group a streptococcus. Unfortunately common u... Read More
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
And?: What would you like to know? Need more information unless you want a chapter on steep throat.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Strep throat sxs: Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on n... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Streptococcus pyogenes, the bacteria behind strep throat is naturally colonized in some folks. When it is actually infecting you, that is, provoking a... Read More
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Rheumatic fever: In New Zealand ten days of antibiotics are given(amoxicillin once a day) if you are Maori, a Pacific Islander, or living in a low socioeconomic area a... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes!: Majority of "strep throat" occurs in winter and spring.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not Always: There is a seasonal pattern as in dr park's response, but it does generally occur all year round to some degree.So beware and careful.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clifford Marks
Dentistry 36 years experience
No: Your doctor must diagnose strep throat. If your doctor did in fact diagnose strep, it is easily treated. You won't die!
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
From someone else: Strep throat is a bacterial infection that people usually get from being exposed to another infected individual.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Steptococcus pyogene: It is a throat infection due to streptococcus pyogenes (a bacteria), also known as group a beta-strep. This is the same organism known as the "flesh-... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Thru the Air: Strep is a contagious disease and spreads thru close respiratory contacts.Avoidance and good handwashing may help minimize the spread.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
If verified- treat: The majority of sore throats are viruses, but if you have verified strep you should have it treated with an antibiotic. Symptoms may improve in a day ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Wash hands: You can't always prevent throat infections. Avoid contact with a known carrier or someone who is infected and wash your hands, wash your hands, wash y... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Streph Throat: Please see your physician for a streph throat test - if positive you will be treated with antibiotics. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far a... Read More
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