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A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the strep vs other sore throat symptoms?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Positive Strep Test: Strep throat usually occurs rapidly with severe achiness, swollen tonsils, puss on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and fevers < 101. There is usually no runny nose, congestion, cough, nausea or vomiting. Sometimes the patient's throat is so sore they can almost not swallow. A regular sore throat is milder with runny nose, cough, lower fever and less achiness. A strep test/culture is +.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Throat culture strep: Strep throat is characterized by intensely sore multiple circular or ovoid ulcerations of the lining of the throat and/or tonsils that may or may not coalesce into larger erosive ulcerations. Swallowing food, liquids and even saliva is excruciatingly painful. Because it is a bacterial infection is is almost always accompanied by a fever greater than 101 degrees, malaise and loss of appetite.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have very bad strep and a sore throat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Streph Throat: If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What distinguishes a sore throat from strep?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Medical test: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Sxs of strep throat can include: large, red painful tonsils with white exudates; small red dots on the roof of the mouth; swollen lymph nodes on the neck; fever, headache, rash & difficulty swallowing.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016


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