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Are Cellulitis And Strep Throat Related Can One Cause The Other
Yes in certain cases: Cellulitis does not "cause" strep throat. However, both cellulitis and strep throat can be caused by a bacteria called streptococcus pyogenes (group a strep, aka gas). Gas produces different toxins resulting in symptoms such as fever, malaise, very red skin, and low blood pressure. Both these infections must be treated aggressively, with penicillin remaining the drug of choice. ...Read more
I had strep throat, got cellulitis in ankle/foot while I was still treating throat w penicillin. Could strep have caused the cellulitis? Is it likely?
Maybe, but: Get an eye exam just to make sure it isn't something more serious. It is not uncommon for the same viruses that can cause sore throat or pharyngitis to also cause a conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is usually in both eyes, but may begin in one eye causing blurring. Again, be sure to rule out other causes by getting a complete eye exam at some point. ...Read more
Does ARS cause multiple lymph nodes to swell? I had a low risk exposure. Mild fever (3weeks), strep throat+stuffed nose (no more), one sw lymph gl (neck)
Acute HIV infection: HIV-1 infection can occur with unprotected sex or injection drug use. 2 - 4 weeks after an exposure, a patient may develop a flu or mono-like illness called acute HIV infection. These symptoms may include fever, lymphadenopathy, pharyngitis, rash, myalgia, malaise, &/or mouth sores. Other symptoms might include N/V, thrush, headache or neurologic symptoms. Duration is 1 to a few weeks. Get checked ...Read more
Son (3yrs) had fever 101-103F for 64hrs with complaint for waterery eyes, constant eye rubbing. Doc eliminated strep throat, found one ear infected, but didn't know what's the cause for fever Pls help?
Viruses: There are a variety of viruses that can cause the symptoms you describe along with a prolonged fever. An ear infection with cold symptoms and clear runny eyes suggests one. If he is eating and is not acting very sick he should be fine. The thinking these days is to not treat ear infections with antibiotics as most ear infection are viral but with prolonged fever most docs do. It's hard to b a Mom ...Read more
I have had strep throat 5 times in 3 months and I think I'm getting it again. What are the causes of this?
Let me explain: Experts can narrow recurring strep throat down to a few factors. One is that you have simply contracted a resistant form of the bacteria or your antibiotic has failed for some other reason. Another possibility is that you may have a weakened immune system. Another is that you are or someone in your family is a strep carrier. ...Read more
It is possible.: Sxs of strep throat can include: pain of throat; large, red tonsils w white exudates; small red dots on roof of mouth; swollen lymph nodes on neck; fever, headache, rash, difficulty swallowing, fatigue or rash. Complications :infection of middle ear, sinuses, tonsils, skin, blood as well as scarlet fever, inflammation of kidney (glomerulonephritis) ; eventually rheumatic fever. ...Read more
Not especially: In most cases it is relatively mild and easy to treat. In the pre-antibiotic era, some strains would lead to scarlet fever with prolonged high fever/rash. Today even these strains rarely lead to problems if you get the kid evaluated and treated. Untreated strep has about1/200 risk of rheumatic fever. So there are ways it can be bad, but when properly evaluated & treated it is minor. ...Read more
Variable issue: The kidney injury triggered by some strains may begin within a few weeks of an untreated strep throat. The rheumatic fever, heart & nervous system injuries may be delayed for a month or so. Effective treatment initiated within 9-10 days of first symptoms can usually stop delayed effects. The kidney issues can sometimes appear even with treatment. ...Read more
Rare if ever: A one month old is rarely if ever infected with a strep throat. The worrisome complications if they were;rheumatic fever, heart or kidney problems are unheard of at that age. The general rules for infant infections would apply.Feeding refusal, elevated temperature >100.4, excessive sleep. ...Read more
Can performing (unprotected) fellatio cause a female to get strep throat? It seems too related to just be a coincidence but it has happened 3 times.
Doubtful: You do not provide enough information to make an informed evaluation. Where the three occasions with different or the same man? Was streptococcus isolated and/or cultured from all three pharyngitis tissues? I have never heard of an association between fellatio and strep throat. ...Read more
6yold w/ soft small nodes neck, us=reactive. After sinus infec in oct new one showed up. Now w/strep throat, other 2 appeared. All 1.2cm or less. Normal?
Lymph nodes: Lymph node service the garbage collector for any type of infection. Any infection causes them to enlarge and process the foreign invader. Normal lymph nodes in the neck can be up to 1.5 cm. Ultrasound is a good test to determine the make up of the lymph nodes but sometimes requires fine needle or open biopsy to fully determine cause of the swelling. ...Read more
Not likely: Streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis typically causes throat pain, difficulty swallowing, fevers, chills, fatigue, and general malaise. If you have trouble opening your mouth, it could be a dental problem or an abscess around the tonsil. See your doctor or an ENT as soon as possible. ...Read more
Sure: 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, fatigue & rash. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. ...Read more
No.: Aphtous ulcers, commonly called canker sores, are caused by the immune system attacking part of your oral mucosa. It is not known yet exactly what triggers this localized attack. Strep throat also taxes your immune system, it should be treated promply and correctly to avoid serious complications like rheumatic heart disease. ...Read more
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