A 22-year-old female asked:
is it possible to have strep throat without feeling it? my throat looks bad and has white spots on it, but i feel no pain.
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Pediatrics 46 years experience
Difficult answer: From 5-20% of the general population will be symptom free strep carriers at different times of the year. These do not show blood tests showing an immune response (INFECTION) but a throat swab would be positive.In general, if you have no symptoms other than what you think is a red throat, you don't need treatment. If you have a throat swab done, a positive does not always mean you are infected.
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