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Strep Throat (Overview)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics.


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Is it a symptom of strep throat to have laryngitis?

Is it a symptom of strep throat to have laryngitis?

Strep throat: Actually, not. A strep throat affects the pharynx and tonsils and is caused by bacteria. On the other hand, laryngitis involves the larynx or voice box and is mainly cuased by viruses. You develop a sore throat with strep and hoarness of the voice (or loss of voice in extreme cases) with laryngitis.

Strep Throat (Overview)

A throat infection caused by a strep bacteria that responds rapidly to most antibiotics.


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Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: strep throat, lack of symptoms, mild chest constriction. What is wrong with me?

Symptoms: Strep throat or sore throat? 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 neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. Perhaps you have a virus. For really sore throat, temp of 104 or above or difficulty breathing - please see your doctor.

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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What's the signs of strep throat? My throat hurts and every time i yawn.It hurts..

What's the signs of strep throat? My throat hurts and every time i yawn.It hurts..

Non-specific: If your throat is infected you can be checked for strep with rapid screening techniques, and this is important because treatment will prevent post-streptococcal complications like rheumatic fever.

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Strep throat. Raw tounge with bumps. Chapped lips. Cfnp says thrush. Any other possibilities? Third time change in diagnosis. Meds arent working.

Strep throat. Raw tounge with bumps. Chapped lips. Cfnp says thrush. Any other possibilities? Third time change in diagnosis. Meds arent working.

See a doctor: A nurse practitioner may be ok, but once you have been treated unsuccessfully you must question both the diagnosis and the source of treatment. Go and see a real doctor.

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6 yr old diagnosed strep throat swab test. Muscle, headache. Running fever of 103.4 for 36 hours now even after Antibiotics & Motrin. Do I take to ER?

6 yr old diagnosed strep throat swab test. Muscle, headache. Running fever of 103.4 for 36 hours now even after Antibiotics & Motrin. Do I take to ER?

Not necessarily: Fever can be expected for the first 72hrs after starting antibiotics. If acting okay, and staying hydrated then it's okay to monitor. If temp remains high 90 minutes after Motrin dose then a dose of acetaminophen can be given. If fever persists outside that 72 hrs then it warrants another look at the peds office. Make sure antibiotics are given as prescribed. Go to ED if confusion, or higher temp

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What happens when you get test for strep throat?

What happens when you get test for strep throat?

Tesing for strep: Two major ways to test for strep throat. 1. Q-tip swab to touch the throat are to test the germ by quick test ...5 minutes or swab is sent to the lab for culture which takes 24 hours. If the test is positive you have strep throat and should be treated with an antibiotic.

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Any tests besides strep throat test that will determine viral v. Bacterial? Cough not going away after > 1 month and wondering if antibiotics may help

COUGH x 1 month: Your md will check your blood, do chest x-ray if needed. He will get a thorough hx to find out if bronchial asthma runs in your family. He can also give antibiotics if indicated. Viral infections don't last that long.L.

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How do you know if you have strep throat?

Criteria: There are four key criteria that your doctor will use to diagnose: fever, adenopathy (swollen glands), absence of cough, and exudates on the back of your throat. If you have multiple combinations of these, go see your doctor for verification and treatment. Good luck!

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Can oral sex cause strep throat? Seems like every time that happens i get white little things in my throat and get rid of them with antibiotics

Can oral sex cause strep throat? Seems like every time that happens i get white little things in my throat and get rid of them with antibiotics

No: Strep throat is not an std. But other microbes can be - chlamydia and gonorrhea can be passed on this way. Both you and your consort need to be treated as people with std - simultaneously. See your doctor.

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Does white dots always mean strep throat?

Does white dots always mean strep throat?

NO: White spots on the tonsils can also occur with many viral infections.

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Does ciprofloxacn treat strep throat?

Does ciprofloxacn treat strep throat?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for strep: It'll likely take care of the infection but it's not recommended as first or even second line use. There are reports of increasing resistance of group a strep to fluoroquinolones (cipro). Penicillin is still the first choice and macrolides for people with penicillin allergy (or cephalosporins depending on local resistance).

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How can I treat pain from strep throat?

How can I treat pain from strep throat?

Strep throat : Strep throat is caused by a bacteria. The best treatment is antibiotics. Other things that can soothe your throat are warm salt water gargles, numbing throat sprays, hydration, and rest.

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Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

Could treated strep throat lead to scarlet fever 10 weeks later and is it ok to treat it with same type of amoxicilin to avoid further complications?

No: Scarlet fever is due to a toxin released by the strain of strep pyogenes that is causing your sore throat. If this has been eliminated you should not be getting scarlet fever unless reinfected. Yes you can retreat with same antibiotic if necessary.

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Is roxythomycin a treatment for strep throat?

Not the first...: ...Choice, but may help. Up to 20% of streps are resistant, though.

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What at-home treatments are there for strep throat?

What at-home treatments are there for strep throat?

Strep throat: The at home treatment for a sore throat not strep is a salt water gargle and hot tea. However, if you are experiencing fever, increasing difficulty swallowing or pain with swallowing, you should not continue to try home remedies, you probably need an antibiotic, go to your primary medical doctor or an ENT for help.

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Please give advice on how to get rid of strep throat fast?

Please give advice on how to get rid of strep throat fast?

Two steps: Step one: proper diagnosis= quick strep test with high accuracy step two: take your medicine on schedule you will not be contagous after 24hrs on meds but you need to finish them. Comfort measures including ibuprofen, throat sprays or lossenges can also help.

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Which drug is better for strep throat - cefixime or azithromycin?

Which drug is better for strep throat - cefixime or azithromycin?

Cefixime: Cefixime (suprax) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia; bronchitis; gonorrhea; and ear, lung, throat, and urinary tract infections. Azithromycin (zithromax) can be used for strep throat, but there have been several reports in the medical literature of the development of resistance to this antibiotic.

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Will azithromycin tablets for strep throat also help for pink eye?

Will azithromycin tablets for strep throat also help for pink eye?

Maybe: But strep rarely causes pink eye and azithromicin is not the best drug for strep with a high resistance rate.

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more