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A 19-year-old female asked:

How bad is strep throat?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 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 an immune response in you, it can produce significant problems if left unchecked including rheumatic fever and subsequent heart valve disease later.
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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 and aged 3-35yrs with a sore throat. These patients must see a health professional as soon as they can. Please contact your general practice, school clinic or pharmacy. New Zealand has high rates of serious heart damage from untreated strep throat

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Is chocolate malt bad for strep throat?

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No: Comfort foods is how some cope with the iisue.I encourage candy cains or menthol chewing gum as additional help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do when you have strep throat or bad laryngitis on a trip?

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Don't kiss: Donot kiss. Go to nearest doctor get it treated. Otc antihistamin is helpful in the mean time.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Does strep throat cause bad breath?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It happens: Strep throat causes several things to happen that can lead to bad breath. The infectious debris can produce significant odor, and the mechanical action of eating well may be lost while the patient doesn't feel well enough to eat.That feeding strips the debris off the back of the throat and helps reduce odors.Gargling with salt water can help strip the debris while the appetite is poor.

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