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A 22-year-old male asked:

Why does one get strep throat after mono?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Friends, family, etc: One gets strep throat AFTER mononucleosis for the same reason one gets strep BEFORE mono... friends, family, coworkers, etc... Strep is caused by a bacteria, transmitted by close contact such as between family members. Mono is caused by a virus, also transmitted by close contact. Both are common human conditions, which means a person can get one before the other or both at the same time.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

How are mono and strep throat different?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Both cause exudative pharyngitisfever and lymphadenopathy. In mono the lymphadenopathy is in the back of the neck and in strep throat it is at the angles of the jaw. In mono you will have atypical lymphocytosis, a positive mono spot test or ebv viral capsid igm antibody. In strep throat you will have a positive rapid strep test or throat culture. You can have both at the same time as well.
Framingham, MA
A 61-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of strep throat vs mono?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Can be identical : Occasionally a strep germ will produce a characteristic sandpaper like rose colored rash. Mono does not. Withoutb that clue they can appear identical. Testing is the main way to sort them out.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you have strep on one side of your throat?

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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Strep throat: Hello, to have an infection in one area and not another would require a physical barrier for bacteria to be contained. In the throat, there us no such barrier. The bacteria live in a moist medium so the bacteria would be dispersed throughout. A culture may come back positive on one side but not the other. That doesn't mean the infection only exists on one side.

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